Democrat: Who Will Mow Our Lawns If Not For Illegal Aliens?
You have to appreciate a Democrat that cuts through all the crap about diversity and just gets straight to the heart of the matter. That’s what Rep. Tom Malinowski did this week while running for a chance to represent New Jersey’s 7th District for another two years. Speaking to constituents at a coffee event in Hillsborough, NJ, Malinowski advised voters that there were very good reasons to keep illegal immigrants flowing unchecked into the United States.
“There are a lot of jobs in our community that, like it or not, for better or for worse, Americans are not willing to take,” said Malinowski. “Who do you think is taking care of our seniors? Who do you think is mowing our beautiful lawns in Somerset County? We don’t usually ask, but a lot of those workers are undocumented. There are just not a lot of kids who, sorry, from Montgomery High, who are going to be doing that full time. You guys are going into robotics, for goodness’ sake.”
This, of course, is not an uncommon theme for pro-immigrant activists. These aliens, we are told, are doing the jobs that Americans just don’t want to do: Cleaning toilets, picking oranges in Florida, running the California State Senate, and so forth.
What never gets mentioned is that maybe if those employers were forced to raise their rates (and their working conditions) to the standards of American citizens, this would cease to be a problem. And maybe if employers didn’t have a bevy of illegal immigrants to exploit, that’s exactly what they would be forced to do? What, are we supposed to believe that the sprawling lawns of Somerset County will simply grow wild and free if we start enforcing our immigration laws? Somehow, we doubt it.
The whole premise is based on a lie, in any case. According to a deep-dive study of Census Bureau data from 2005-2007, the Center for Immigration Studies showed that despite the rhetoric, many of these so-called “immigrant-only” occupations were indeed filled mostly by native-born Americans. These include maids/housekeepers (55% native-born), taxi drivers (58% native-born), and yes, grounds maintenance workers (65% native-born). Also note that even if the total immigrant population taking these types of jobs is substantial, it’s a fallacy to use “immigrant” and “illegal immigrant” interchangeably.
But that’s the Democratic Party’s M.O. these days, swapping the terms recklessly in an effort to erase the stigma of breaking U.S. law. We’re apparently just supposed to accept all of this in the name of perfectly-manicured lawns. How cheaply we do sell our national identity…