The Quote Below – More Misinformation from the Media
“The plight of undocumented people in the United States during the pandemic has been particularly incongruous and cruel. While the government has declared many within the undocumented community as essential — among them at least 1 million farmworkers — it has not only refused to help them directly in any significant way, but also persisted in their relentless persecution. Many of those deported carry the virus with them, back to countries that aren’t remotely ready to deal with an outbreak. In the meantime, Stephen Miller, President Trump’s de facto nativist czar, has continued to restrict immigration, making it harder to obtain legal residency in the country.
“In such a hostile environment, it would be hard to fault the immigrant community if it simply chose to leave, turning its back on a country that, as journalist (and former farmworker) Alfredo Corchado recently put it, ‘wants to be fed’ but also ‘wants to demonize the undocumented immigrants who make that happen.’ – Immigrants – Essential. Ignored, Persecuted – Are committed to the U.S. Where’s Our Gratitude, Leon Krauze, Washington Post, 5/11/20
Fact Check of Quote Above: This writer, a citizen of Mexico, thinks it’s “incongruous and cruel” that some of his countrymen should have to obey the laws of the United States. He would have us believe that we owe them gratitude for their lawlessness. Gratitude is only owed to people who show us the favor of respect and goodwill. Illegal aliens do neither. They don’t come here because they like us or to benefit us. They simply come to take jobs, make money, and enjoy our public benefits. There’s no chance that they will “turn their backs” on these benefits, no matter what we feel toward them.
Krauze thinks it’s terrible that we might deport people with corona virus because that would be a problem for their home countries (including Mexico). It doesn’t seem to concern him that they would spread the virus to Americans if they remain. The likely reason for that lack of concern is that Krauze—once again—is not an American.
Finding enough farmworkers is a problem for farmers, but unending illegal immigration isn’t the solution to this problem. The farmers could attract American workers by raising wages and employing mechanization to replace the most difficult and exhausting tasks of planting and harvest.
But why should they bother with illegal aliens so easily available? These workers really don’t like hard farm labor any more than Americans. It just that they are more desperate when they get here. After a time they move on to other jobs—thus creating a “need” for more illegal farmworkers.
In any case, the great majority of illegal aliens work in nonagricultural jobs which Americans are perfectly willing to do. With the massive unemployment caused by the coronavirus crisis, competition for jobs of all kinds is becoming ever more intense. In this situation, American workers can do without competition from immigrants, both legal and illegal.
Krauze refers to presidential advisor Stephen Miller as a “nativist,” a word that mass immigration advocates use as a slur against restrictionists. Be that as it may, Miller—unlike Krauze—is an American. And he’s an American who cares about his fellow citizens and his native land. If that makes him a “nativist,” then the word is a tribute to his character.