The farmers vote as a block. The day of the local motel is over. The hospitality market (which employs ton of illegals) is more and more owned by corporate interests. Meat packing, so often the focus of the few raids we have, are owned by powerful interests.
The short answer is that we have come to enjoy our virtual slaves.
Look. POFO is not a repository for very smart people. These captains of industry are very smart and just fine with Trump's demonizing illegals. They don't much care about the wall. Where they draw the line is at his actually doing
anything substantial about illegal immigration. Let ICE raid a few major hotels and watch the senate on both sides start talking about "much needed immigration reform". Just the threat of a major push on marketplace enforcement would stagger the economy.
Please remember that we are not talking about some dude who just swam the Rio Grande.
The typical undocumented immigrant had lived 15 years in the United States in 2017, up from seven years in 1995, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. It’s the highest number of years since Pew started tracking that data.
70% of adult illegals have been here over a decade.
You see how this completely changes the dialog? Are these the illegals that the racist Doug64 wants to talk about? Be honest. Is this who you think about when you think undocumented aliens? Are these the guys trying to eek out an existence? Increasingly they are from Asia; now the largest single group.
8% of children born in the US are born to undocumented aliens. Pretty close to one in 10! There are 4.8 million American born children born to illegal aliens. More than 1 in 20 Americans is here illegally. 3.4 million undocumented aliens own homes. Care to put all of those on the market in short order. Last year, a banner year for home sales, showed 693,000 homes sold. Think again about that 3.4 million.
When Arizona got tough with workplace enforcement the city up the road, Tucson, saw a jump in homes listed, a drop in home prices, and entire apartment complexes empty as illegals fled Arizona. Nearly one in five hospitality workers are illegals. Almost that percentage of construction workers.
The cold hard fact of life is that if all of the illegals left tomorrow it would simply destroy our economy and throw us into a deep depression. If they left their minor children behind, and many would of course, there would be a disaster of Biblical proportions.
Seriously. Were you aware that they numbers were so large and the impact so obviously extreme? Seriously?
The US, even during a pandemic, does not suffer from a shortage of jobs. It suffers from a shortage of good paying jobs. Were you aware that 42.4% of American workers earn less than $15.00 per hour. Hard working, motivated workers earning less than the poverty rate for a family of four. And the official US poverty rate is a joke. Can you raise a family of four on $26,000 a year where you live? Rent on a two bedroom apartment where I live would eat up half of that. Are these the people you are talking about?
Republicans do not honor work. They sneer at it. The idolize rich people and fuck anybody who things that work is honorable and should be treated as such. There is no way to treat a minimum wage job as honorable.
So is this what you had in mind @Unthinking Majority ? I hope it was because it that would make you one of perhaps 5% of Americans that have a clue about any of this.