Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The Donald says illegal immigrants have to go. The Wa-Po is clutching its pearls – that would wreak havoc! Would it?
Wa-Po says work now done by illegal immigrants wouldn’t get done: picking crops, hotel maids, day laborers, nannies and gardeners. Hmmm, that’s the same argument made by the South to defend slavery. Seems to me the answer is the same: the market will adjust. Work that isn’t economical to be done, won’t be done; work that must be done will no longer be done at below-market wages, it’ll be done by machine or by hiring Americans at living wages. Yes, prices will go up. Low prices don’t justify open borders.
Trump offers to keep families together when the illegals go. What about mixed families with one legal and one illegal parent? They can choose: both can go or legal residents can stay. Sad marital choices shouldn’t drive national policy.
What about illegals who’ve been here a long time? That only means you’re a career criminal, it doesn’t justify the crime.
What about children who were born in America and have birthright citizenship? Parents can choose: take your kids with you or leave them here with legal residents. Having a child doesn’t mitigate your crime any more than if you were a bank robber.
Ordinary Americans don’t have a problem with these proposals because if we have to follow the law, so should everybody else. The people having a hissy are the one-percenters who’ll be inconvenienced having to find new nannies and gardeners. That’s a poor basis to set national policy and the best justification I can think of, to change it.
Me? I’d just settle for a high fence, and some clear policies for legal immigration. As, it happens, would most Latinos. The ones who are citizens of the US, anyway.