One of the standard defenses of illegal immigration is that “Immigrants do the jobs that Americans won’t do.” In other words, Americans won’t take shitty jobs at low pay, so we need immigrants to do them. We need to import people of color (the majority of immigrants are non-white) to do shitty, low-paid, physical labor so white people won’t have to.
I don’t know about you but that sounds racist.
So why won’t Americans do the jobs that Americans won’t do?
It seems like most of the time when I hear about ICE raids they aren’t sweeping up a bunch of mojados on a lettuce ranch, they are raiding a meat-packing plant or a bunch of 7-11’s. There are lots of illegals in construction, food processing, and yard work. I know lots of white people who also do that kind of work, or they used to anyway. In many cases it was not that white people quit working in those occupations but that they were replaced by cheaper immigrant labor.
But what if there were no illegals? What if Trump built a wall that could not be beaten and only legal immigrants could get in? What would happen to all those jobs that Americans won’t do?
It seems to me that if employers have trouble finding workers they should start offering more money and/or make the jobs less shitty. Now that will mean that prices will rise as well, but that also means that more Americans will be working so the savings in our social welfare programs should offset the inflation.
But what about picking crops? Americans won’t do that, right?
I am descended from people who picked crops. I literally grew up on a farm labor camp. I have personally witnessed an immigration raid at that camp. I will freely admit that I do not want to pick crops for a living. So what about that?
There is a definite need for temporary/seasonal workers in agriculture. Once upon a time the government tried to operate a program to bring in seasonal workers from Mexico. It was called the “Bracero” program and liberals hated it.