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Immigration: A political tortilla

James Studdard is an attorney and regular contributor to this newspaper. He may be reached, if absolutely necessary, at Studlaw2000@yahoo.com.

In California where a movement has been ongoing to make Spanish the official language, to Georgia who ranks fourth as the most popular state  for newly arrived Hispanics and third in the fastest growing rate of Latino buying power (10.9 billion a year spent here), attitudes are changing. Suddenly, it is in political vogue to deport all the illegal aliens back to his or her fatherland.
Did this rush to purge the country of visa-less people just happen at this particular session of the collective legislatures in the U.S? How long have we known that there were 40 million Hispanics in the U.S? What really drives the call for a wall is an economic consideration; i.e., cheap labor. Cheap labor which, ostensibly at least, robs Americans of their jobs. It is also class warfare between minority ethnic competitors. There is a labor phenomenon known as the sub-unemployment strata. Specifically, there are groups of persons in the American work force who refuse to work at certain jobs, either because of their attitudes towards menial labor or the low pay. That vacuum is now being filled with their counterpart ethnic groups (Hispanics principally) which leads to skewed unemployment figures among the other minorities. The solution to overcoming the economic assumptions inherent within the sub-unemployment strata is not easily attainable, so we, as frustrated Americans, looking for a quick fix, rush to condemn a whole people, a scapegoat as it were for our own pathetic work ethic.
Yes, they are (a third of them) here illegally. Thirteen million illegal Hispanics have entered the U.S. by way of the Rio Grande or over the fence. We allowed it to happen over many years of political smugness, band aid solutions which only masked the immigration problem. Well, they are here; they are angry and demand the same sort of amnesty, we gave to draft dodgers back in the 70’s, who after all, were lawbreakers.
I suppose the enormous trade deficits between the U.S. with China and Japan has been ignored for years. I suppose it has been ignored that a Toyota is built by Japanese laborers for five dollars a day, because, well, we have the United Auto Workers union who will bully American manufacturers into paying 25 dollars an hour to connect all the same nuts, bolts and widgets. So finally now, it hits home. This threat to our job security is not across the big pond or in some obscure sweat shop in Bogotá; it is here, in McDonalds; Wal-Mart; construction sites; on the roofs; in the fields, and in your face.
So go ahead and round them up, send them home and build a wall to keep them there. And by the way, when they leave, $635 billion a year of buying power will leave with them. And while you’re ridding us of these illegals, don’t forget to recruit (from the sub unemployment strata) about eleven million fat, self-indulgent, entitlement oriented, types to fill the employment gap. You can easily recognize them. They will be the ones hanging out at the mall, checking out the mailbox, waiving to you from the porch swing and whistling that pleasant tune made famous by the tireless Mexican grape pickers called, “No te preocupes, hace allegre” (don’t worry, be happy). Yeah.