A couple of years ago I got really into the Lou Dobbs controversy and how he was being called a hypocrite for something he said about immigration. Here’s the article I read about the issue, it gives a background of him and his stance on immigration…
Immigration into the United States has been a long-standing issue in our nation’s history. There have been multiple groups of immigrants from different parts of the world who have come to America in search of jobs and opportunities, only to arrive here and be oppressed by white men in power. It is clear that certain areas of the work force are populated more by Latinos than other ethnic groups. Mexican workers often do work for the consumer driven economy, which are mainly jobs requiring more manual labor such as cleaning, childcare, and landscaping. The issues surrounding immigration today have a focus on the idea that the immigrants coming from Mexico for example are taking jobs from legal citizens of this country. However, the jobs that these illegal immigrants are doing are often jobs that many whites would consider to be beneath them and not worth the time and energy.
When I was in high school I used to compete in equestrian competitions. More often than not you would see illegal Mexican immigrants working in the barns and grounds of the horse shows as grooms for the horses and the groundskeepers. However, if these Mexican laborers weren’t there, I can guarantee that you wouldn’t see your average white person shoveling horse manure.
Lou Dobbs is an anchor on CNN, and has been labeled a hypocrite for his thoughts towards the immigration issue. Dobbs openly stated that he wanted to take illegal immigrants out of the country, however his daughter was a top competitor at the horse shows I went to in West Palm Beach, FL. Evidently Dobbs is around at these competitions observing these grooms tending to his daughter’s show horses, however if these Mexican immigrants were to be forced to leave the country, who would take care of his daughter’s horse?
George Bush had a temporary solution in mind in the form of temporary work permits in which immigrants would come, work, make their money, and leave. While this is maybe a viable solution to the immigration issue, I do believe that there has to be a better one. To me, this solution would be like saying, “thanks for all your hard work…but hurry up and get out.” This is essentially what a groom at the barn I rode at wanted to do. All he wanted was to make enough money to bring home to his family and leave, he had no intention of staying in the United States.
People against immigration state that some sort of wall should be built between the borders of the United States and Mexico…but my next question is, who would be employed to build this wall?