The United Farm Workers association has launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign that they’ve labeled ‘Take Our Jobs.’ Unemployed? Need a job. Go be a farm worker. There are lots of opportunities.
I am staunchly against the anti-immigrant laws stemming in Arizona. I think it’s extremely racist. So if I happen to be out jogging around the block in Sedona and forget my driver’s license, I could be sent to jail for not having identification on me. Because I’m brown. Because I look like an immigrant.
Every single person in this country is descended from an immigrant. Who are we to tell others that they cannot be in “our” country? I hear the complaint that immigrants are taking “our” jobs. Immigrants are infiltrating our schools, our hospitals. Let me tell you something. Immigrants do the jobs that no American-born citizen will do. No American who’s been out of work for 18 months or 24 months (really, it doesn’t matter how long they’ve gone without money) will consider a field job. It’s too labor intensive. That’s hard work! Definitely not something an American can or will do.
Stephen Colbert had the UFW president on his show. Arturo Rodriguez talked about the extreme conditions of farm work and immigrants laboring in over 100 degree heat. Colbert said, “So have I. It’s been 100 degrees here and I’ve worked 22 minutes every single day.” Watch this clip. It’s hilarious.
Immigrants till our land. They are the reason we have food on our plates. Immigrants care for our children. Yes, they may use our services. But no they do not take away jobs. Stop using immigration as a scapegoat for fiscal irresponsibility by municipalities.
America benefits from immigration. That’s a fact.