By ED FINKELSTEIN
I would like to talk with a reader who lost their job as a result of an undocumented immigrant taking it. Please contact me at 314-535-9660.
I’m making this request to determine the validity of the fear mongering by President Trump who claims, as part of his “build the wall” campaign that illegal immigrants are pouring across the border to steal American jobs. Additionally, to stoke fear, he adds that these immigrants are flooding into America with drugs, putting our children at risk.
Frankly, I’m tired of hearing these false charges that are nothing more than fear mongering in an effort to get support from those who won’t take the time to read facts.
While we are firmly supportive of strong border controls, (1) it’s clear from the testimony of experts, including border patrol officials, that a wall won’t stop undocumented immigration (which is at its lowest point in a decade, according to the Pew Research Center), and (2) it’s not undocumented or illegal immigrants flooding drugs into the United States, it’s organized crime cartels.
MOST DRUGS COME THROUGH LEGAL POINTS OF ENTRY
Over and over again experts have made it clear that the vast majority of drugs entering the U.S. does so through “ports of entry”— the 48 official land crossings through which millions of people, vehicles, and cargo pass every day.
“Heroin seizures almost predominantly are through the port of entry and either carried in a concealed part of a vehicle or carried by an individual,” then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told a congressional committee recently. “We don’t get much heroin seized by Border Patrol coming through, I think just because there are a lot of risks to the smugglers and the difficulty of trying to smuggle it through,” he said.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, 90 percent of heroin seized along the border, 88 percent of cocaine, 87 percent of methamphetamine, and 80 percent of fentanyl in the first 11 months of the 2018 fiscal year was caught trying to be smuggled in at legal crossing points. Enough said.
AND ABOUT THE JOBS…
The simple facts are that jobs being taken up by immigrants, who generally have few skills, are in industries that use large numbers laborers working long hours at jobs with low pay and no job protections, jobs that few Americans, if any, even want: lawn care, laundry workers, farm workers picking crops, etc. Except for the occasional teenager mowing grass in the neighborhood to make some spending money, how many native-born Americans have you seen doing major lawn work?
And so we ask to question of our readers: have any of you lost a job to an undocumented immigrant? We’d like to know. If the president is telling the truth – and some basic fact checking shows he seldom does – we would like to put a face on the issue by talking to real people who have lost their jobs in this manner.