So last week my brother forwarded me this essay from the local Mormon novelist, in order to cause me aggravation. I wanted to comment on it immediately, but it’s taken a whole week for my blood pressure to simmer down enough so that this post would be merely sprinkled with four letter expletives, as opposed to completely composed of them.
See, OSC is in favor of illegal immigration. This is because he’s not a mean, brown-person hating racist, unlike border enforcement advocates, who are also Nazis. Yes, that’s right. Wanting federal immigration laws enforced is morally equivalent to rounding people up and gassing them. Do you feel bad yet? Are you happy, NAZI??
This is not the argument of a serious thinker. At best, it is a ham-handed attempt at pulling heartstrings. At worst, it is a slanderous blood libel. Either way, it is a shallow, superficial, childish position.
The notion that in order to enforce immigration law, we will have to use police going door to door on ID raids is idiotic. I dare OSC to name a single serious border enforcement advocate who is in favor of such a thing. Follow this: If the IRS and ICE would simply start cross checking employers SSN lists and heavily fining places that aren’t in compliance, then businesses would stop hiring illegals, and then they’d go home! Self deportation! That Card doesn’t acknowledge this argument demonstrates his predilection towards only doing battle with straw men.
Card’s economic arguments are similarly simplistic. He claims that illegals are a net boon to the local economy. However, this is demonstrably false, as a great proportion of under the table earnings are simply wired home to Mexico! How does that enrich America? Nor does he mention illegals using emergency hospital services as free clinics, neither the added burden to law enforcement.
If we’re going to import labor en masse, how about importing people that are actually economic force multipliers? Engineers, scientists, doctors, inventors, motivators, merchants? Oh, wait, all those professions have their own guild protectors in Washington who keep visa levels low so that their own wages are inflated. Funny how it’s morally acceptable to bring in sub-minimum wage lettuce pickers so that our produce is a few cents cheaper, but bringing in foreign born electrical engineers who would reduce the cost of enterprise computing by hojillions of dollars would be predatory.
Tangentially, we might inquire as to why there aren’t engineers and entrepreneurs sneaking across the Rio Grande. I have a theory! Perhaps these sorts of people tend to obey the law more than their more desperate cousins. So we’re selecting mass immigrants who think it’s okay to break the law if they believe it justifies the ends!
Fucking brilliant, that is.
His wage arguments are also moronic. Businesses aren’t employing illegals because there’s a shortage of labor, they’re employing illegals because there’s a shortage of labor at the price that businesses want to pay! Which is, interestingly enough, below market rate! This is such an obvious point that I wonder why Card doesn’t acknowledge it. Oh wait, no I don’t. He doesn’t answer this argument because he is either too stupid or dishonest to do so.
[Obligatory "I'm not a racist, goddamnit." section]
Look, I have nothing against illegal immigrants, personally. Shiva knows if I was in a shitty hell-hole 3rd world nation like Mexico I’d probably do the same. I also think that legal immigrants are a tremendous boon and credit to our economy and culture. After all, I’m married to one.
But importing illegals in mass quantities that depress low-end wages, increase crime, refuse to assimilate, overburden our legal and medical system and prop up an illegitimate foreign dictatorship in order to save a percent on lettuce and drywall hanging is demonstrably a bad fucking idea. It’s such a bad fucking idea that it makes me wonder what open-borders advocates are really campaigning for.
I guess that when someone uncritically embraces obviously demonstrable bullshit in one area of his life, it shouldn’t be a shock when he embraces it in another.