karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,

An example of non-thought

Thomas Sowell writes about the immigration bill working its way through Congress right now. His point: the people who wrote the bill aren't addressing serious issues, but rather issuing sound bites. Again, a thought that won't fit on a bumper sticker is too weighty for public discussion.
    How many times have we heard that illegal aliens are taking "jobs that Americans won't do"? Just what specifically are those jobs?
    Even in occupations where illegals are concentrated, such as agriculture, cleaning, construction, and food preparation, the great majority of the work is still being done by people who are not illegal aliens.

Interestingly enough, eight illegal immigrants were recently tossed out of the LA DWP following a check of everyone's documents. One of the jobs "americans won't do" pays $100K per year.
    Another insult to our intelligence is that amnesty is not amnesty if you call it something else. The fact that illegals will have to fulfill certain requirements to become American citizens is supposed to mean that this is not amnesty.
    But let's do what the spinmeisters hope we will never do – stop and think. Amnesty is overlooking ("forgetting," as in amnesia) the violation of the law committed by those who have crossed our borders illegally.

    Yet another insult to our intelligence is saying that, since we cannot find and deport 12 million people, the only choice left is to find some way to make them legal.
    There is probably no category of law-breakers – from counterfeiters to burglars or from jay-walkers to murderers – who can all be found and arrested. But no one suggests that we must therefore make what they have done legal.
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