Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, March 31, 2006

Illegal immigrants hurt the economy and new technology

From today’s Washington Post, “Ethan G. Lewis, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, suggested that companies are forsaking adoption of new technologies in favor of old-fashioned labor - a trend that would help absorb low-skilled immigrants but could hurt innovation and high-wage work in the long run” (Washington Post, Friday, March 31, 2006).

And I wish I had written down which labor union spoke out in favor of the guest worker program and added something to the extent that “we care more about union cards than green cards.” Some might find their statement funny, I find it sad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you might enjoy the cartoon on this opinion page. Pretty much sums up my feelings on all of this. Any company that is going back to creating jobs is taking a step in the right direction. THere are a lot of low skilled Americans who could benefit from these jobs as well. If they'd only "lower" themselves to take them.

Sat Apr 01, 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

What job is it that Americans won't do, since they are in every industry and even the most dangerous and low-paying jobs like coal mining?

Sat Apr 01, 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently every job that these immigrants are doing. I am gathering from your writings that you really aren't out talking to people, and actually seeing what is going on. Rather, you are relying on news reports and periodicals. This is why politicians are so out of touch, they don't really see how people are living. It's time to venture out from the bubble.

Mon Apr 03, 05:18:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I don’t know where you live, but I go by the day-labor sites, and I see day-laborers lining the streets in the mornings waiting to be picked up to do construction jobs. When I come home everyday they are building houses in my neighborhood full of new homes. I see them waiting outside my church for the “Hispanic Mass.” I see them on Fridays when I go to the bank and they are cashing their checks with a Resident Alien card that has their ID photo and you can see a tree or some other outdoor landmark in the back of the photo. I see them at the grocery store or the mall in the afternoons when no one picked them up at morning for work.
No, I see these people everyday, it is impossible not to, maybe you are the one who does not go outside of their bubble. And I talk to the people as well, and they are frustrated with the politicians who want all the illegal aliens here because the politicians are being influenced by big corporate businesses. You talk to someone working in construction and ask them if illegal immigrants hurt their take home pay, or an electrician, or a plumber. Ask someone who’s collar is blue if they think illegal immigrants are hurting them and their take home pay, because I have.

Mon Apr 03, 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can say that you see and talk to these people all day long, but your writing sure doesn't reflect it.

Tue Apr 04, 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sorry, I spend a lot of time reading the paper, magazines, and watching the news and I interact with people a lot of the day too. Staying informed is not difficult, people here in American seem to think it is, but opening the paper, turning on the news station in the car, or reading Newsweek when you have some down time is not a chore.

Tue Apr 04, 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying that reading, watching or listening to the news is, but, and I think you'll actually agree with me here, the media doesn't always give you the whole story. INteraction with people is where the real stories are at. Maybe you could include some of those interactions in your posts, might be cool.

Wed Apr 05, 05:36:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Depends on what interactions you want to know about. Want to know about driving down the street and seeing day laborers gathering at 7-11 or seeing them lined up along the road? Do you want to hear about how I have to try and speak Spanish to them when they are doing work on the house because they can’t speak English?
Understand I don’t think these are all bad people, but I do believe that they are breaking the law by being here illegally. I am sure there are a lot of people in jail who are nice people too if you talk to them but that does not change the fact that they still broke the law either.

Wed Apr 05, 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHat I'm trying to say here is, you base alot of your commentary with stats/info from news articles, and news reports, with no real indication of personal experience. How are these things affecting YOU personally? What impact do these immigrants have on YOUR life?
I'm glad you think there are nice people in jail, and yes, they probably wouldn't be there unless they broke the law. But it's sad when there is a law that, in effect, punishes these people who simply want a better way of life.

Thu Apr 06, 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Everyone is the world wants a better way of life, it just so happens that America has the highest standard of living, far and away, than any other country in the world. People in this country who live below the poverty line live better than more than half the world. But, does this mean that because America is the land of opportunity we should allow everyone to come here and have that opportunity?

Thu Apr 06, 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well=, if we're not going to, we'd better take down that message at the Statue of LIberty with all it's crap about giving us your poor, huddled masses...we can replace it with a no vacancy sign.

Fri Apr 07, 05:25:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

The United States already allows more legal immigration each year into this country than every other country in the world combined. EVERY OTHER COUNTRY COMBINED. I think we do enough as it is without adding between 500,000 and 1 million more illegals every year. I am not as green party as everyone else, although leaps and bounds more than the Bush Administration, but look at the environmental impact of the flood of illegal immigrants into this country and how this is going to increase pollution, consumption of fossil fuels, deforestation, overcrowding, smog, and global warming. For any tree huggers out there, think about the damage the U.S. does to the environment and then add another 160 million people in this country by 2050. Maybe by then we will all be hugging a tree because there will only be one left.

Fri Apr 07, 01:05:00 PM  

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