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The Untold Story of Latinos in America “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”
Juan González, Harvest of Empire
"Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Four Fears Blocking U.S. Immigration Reform
|AP Photo/Nati Harnik|
The U.S. has always been reluctant about immigrants and immigration policy which continues to delay immigration policy reform.
Here is the current situation:
- Businesses want a larger pool of workers to choose from.
- Businesses want more consumers to buy their products.
- The stock market wants endless growth.
The reluctance now imposes a certain dilemma.
How can there be an endless supply of growth without an endless supply of people?
As the U.S. population grows, the agricultural industry consequently needs to grow to meet the demand to supply food for the nation or the food can be imported (pushing more jobs outside the U.S.) After U.S. slavery was abolished, many agricultural jobs became available when African Americans moved north for manufacturing jobs. New immigrants have filled the positions open in the agricultural industry, but the disrespect to the labor force has never ended.
U.S. immigration policy favors the educated, but we also need labor.
The U.S. fears immigrants, but are the fears rational?
The U.S. Public's Fears
- Losing jobs to new immigrants.
- Nation turning brown.
- Different cultures.
- English disappearing.
Demands of U.S. Businesses and Consumers
- Businesses' desire for highly skilled workers and low cost labor; along with consumers desire for technological advancement in all industries, consumer's desire for low cost products and low cost services
Keeping this constant grey area in the laws allows business to obtain their discounted labor and the rest of our citizens to continue to scapegoat immigrants as law breakers and as a problem.