Immigrants and jobs

 

In “Love and Death on the Border” in the July 25, 2016, issue, Jon M. Shumaker ends a paragraph about the risks immigrants take in illegally crossing the border with “All this in order to take dangerous, crappy jobs no one in this country wants.” With this seemingly trivial comment, he perpetuates a false assumption that continually skews the illegal immigration issue. Americans all over this country would be delighted to have the jobs undocumented workers currently have. The distinction is that if they did take these jobs, their employment would be legal, and therefore minimum wage, workers’ compensation insurance, overtime and safety regulations, etc., would apply. The “dangerous, crappy” qualities of these jobs become much more tolerable when such employment is governed by existing laws.

Gwen Hoffnagle
Troy, Montana