Sunday, April 23, 2017

Undocumented truth

Undocumented workers have been coming to this country for over a hundred years.  Many who are here have been settled here for 20 to 30 years.  Why have we let them come in without doing anything about it for all these years? Because no one wants to pay $5 for a head of lettuce.

So now some want to deport them after we welcomed them for so many years.  I understand if you catch someone coming over the border and deport immediately, but after they have settled and have families here it is unconscionable to do so. Breaking up families is unethical and immoral by the standards of every religion.

Because of the economic difference, they can work for little money and keep our prices down.  And any citizen who wants one of those jobs, just walk in and ask, you will be hired in a New York second.  Think of the Filipinas who are working with the elderly, day and night.  There are jobs available for citizens, just go in and ask.  But we don’t want to work those jobs. They are difficult and pay little. 

Of course, we can raise the wages.  But those who are willing to pay $5 for a head of lettuce please comment in response.  Yes, we need to provide a system that assures all immigrants are safe to be here, and that must and can be done. And farm workers must be treateed fairly with a living wage.

Until then, unless we are ready to double the price for vegetables, pay more to eat out or for our wine, we better double think what we stand for.  And jobs going to China, are we really ready to pay double the price for clothes.

The reality is undocumented workers and jobs to China happen because we the people demand it.  No big government control can change that and those who say it can are lying.  I mean alternative facts!

Cap Lee
Precinct Chair
Cane River
Yancey County Democrats

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