You ask if I have witnessed the 'problem'.
I would have to say yes and no. You see, I have seen and met MANY illegals while growing up. I spent a couple years in Eastern Washington where a
great deal of the apples in this country are grown.
I won't say that I have experienced what you have. Quite the opposite actually. Do the illegals work the farms? Of course. And at the extremely
discounted rates. But have I witnessed the 'gringo' getting shafted for a position because the farmer didn't want to pay real wages?
Nope. Then again, this was during a time when jobs weren't so scarce. Here is my experiences. I had many 'gringo' friends as well as hispanic
(legal and illegal) and indian (native of course) friends. The bulk of them were unemployed and looking for work. It would always be pointed out
that there was always the crops (at least during the picking seasons). But every single one of them down to the man would refuse. They pay, though
better than that of the 'illegals', was simply not enough for the type of labor involved.
In other words they were lazy and obviously didn't need the money as badly as they were claiming.
I see the same thing where I live now in the Midwest. Even during these hard times people STILL refuse to subject themselves to the humiliation of
working a farm as a picker (in their own minds they seem to think that it is degrading to do that kind of work).
So, though your experiences state otherwise, I have not witnessed the negative effect.
Now, as for the drugs, alcohol, violence, crime, etc. Well, you can find the same in the general 'legal' population as well. If not more.
And please don't go on about gangs and the such. Those people are different breed of illegals. I'm talking about the man or woman that is trying
to make a better life for themselves or their families back in Mexico or South/Central America. This is the type of 'illegal' that I knew. They
kept their noses clean (why would they want to attrack the attention of the authorities if they are ILLEGALS?).
And also please don't think that I am a supporter of illegals. I am NOT. I believe that they should go through the process. It is a system for a
reason. And yes, they do take jobs away from Americans. I just haven't seen many Americans want to bring themselves 'down' to the level of being
a picker on a farm.
And I'm not talking about ALL of the jobs that they do. I know that there are many jobs that are affected by illegals. I'm not ignorant on this
subject. I'm simply trying to explain what I have witnessed as you have asked.