Posted: 06/16/07 17:35
by Paul Bartlett
Each and every time the Republicans make a mess -- and they do it with predictable regularity -- they manufacture a distraction. A straw-man. The distraction is always disingenuous nonsense, intended to draw attention away from the Republican mess de jour. Recent distractions include gays in the military, Terry Schiavo, Intelligent Design (aka, creationism), men telling women what they can do with their bodies, flag burning, gay marriage, etc.. The Republicans don't really care about these issues.
Joining that list of distractions are the estimated twelve million
undocumented Mexicans, in this country, doing the back-breaking work that puts food on our tables. Mexican migrants have planted our crops and harvested our food for decades. I know; I'm a 58 year old man who toiled shoulder to shoulder with Mexican migrants when I was just a kid, working on Door County, Wisconsin farms owned by my relatives. And those Mexicans had followed earlier generations, dating back to about 1900.
Americans are easily conned into believing there is a looming
immigration disaster. Nonsense. Are we so myopic that we are blind to our own history? The American economy has relied on Mexican migrant labor for decades, and every American consumer has enjoyed the benefit: cheap food.
Mass deportation would result in an economic tsunami for this nation and the helpless lives that politicians so callously toy with.