Originally Posted by ihathi
The bottom line is that there is no legal means by which poor, undereducated latin americans can get work visas in the U.S. (much less citizenship). And yet there have always been jobs for them here.
For decades, we have had administrations that pay lip-service to "securing our southern border," but then fail to enforce any laws that would keep employers from taking advantage of the undocumented immigrant's labor. (I read somewhere that President Bush's personal chef came here illegally...) Some want to blame these immigrants for settling here, but the fact is that they have been [I]allowed[I] to settle for decades now. And imagine: if you had to choose between living in extreme povery in Guatemala or working in a job in L.A. that could support you and your whole extended family, what would you choose?
The following is from a letter written by Cardinal Archibishop Roger Mahony of L.A. (published in the NY Times on March 22):
"The unspoken truth of the immigration debate is that at the same time our nation benefits economically from the presence of undocumented workers, we turn a blind eye when they are exploited by employers. They work in industries that are vital to our economy yet they have little legal protection and no opportunity to contribute fully to our nation... While we gladly accept their taxes and sweat, we do not acknowledge or uphold their basic labor rights..."
3) immigration laws are designed to exclude the poor.