No, American laborer. It’s not your job. #DACA #immigration

I always find it amazing when Americans express anger towards immigrants who come into the United States and take “their jobs.” If it is “your job”, why did you allow someone to take it? If a mechanism for compensation is so vital to your survival, why would you let anyone take that mechanism?

The thing is, that job is not yours. The job belongs to someone who manages capital, who decided that a certain amount and quality of labor is needed to extract and expand returns on and to that basket of capital. You, the laborer, played no part in that decision. You came in on the back end. You are just filling a slot until that manager of capital has determined that energy and resources should be directed somewhere else or until that manager of capital has determined that you bring no value given your cost or expertise.

It’s not that immigrants are taking anything from you. It boils down to you not owning or creating anything for yourself that ensures your ability to survive.

Let it go, boo. Just let it the fuck go…

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to No, American laborer. It’s not your job. #DACA #immigration

  1. kenski2013 says:

    Alton Drew–everything you wrote makes perfect sense!

    “It’s not that immigrants are taking anything from you.”

    That’s true and very insightful.

    I recently realized that the commonly used phrase “Someone lost his job.” is completely ridiculous. Workers don’t lose jobs. Employers sometimes take the job from the worker, often times through no fault of the worker.

    There is another question that needs to be asked, and that is, should we as a nation practice some “economic nationalism” and give preference to the citizens of our own country for jobs, even protect citizens from competition from non-US citizen immigrants?

    It’s my understanding that you aren’t a big fan of government meddling in economic matters. From my point of view, while US citizens aren’t “owed” anything with regard to being employed, I believe we should think “America First” and “Americans First” (I know, sounds like President Trump, but just because he promoted this idea doesn’t necessarily make it a bad idea), especially when it comes to off-shoring jobs, since every job taken off-shore takes part of our tax base with it. I think we should help US citizens become properly educated so they can take the new technology based jobs that are now very common.

    I also think we should control immigration into our country and allow immigrants who benefit our economy and country as we see fit. I think the H1-B visa program that businesses use to hire foreign Information Technology and other tech workers and replace American workers with them should be shut down, it’s been greatly abused for at least 20 years of which I am aware. There is the story about how Disney told it’s American workers to train their H1-B visa replacements, then terminated the American workers. That should be considered treason, in my opinion.

    Now, there probably are some jobs that US citizens aren’t crazy about doing, like picking grapes in California or tearing out drywall after hurricanes in Texas, so a controlled visa guest worker program might be appropriate here.

    There was also a story recently about restaurants on Cape Cod, as I recall it, where immigrant workers have been given temporary work permits to work from April until September each year, because apparently the restaurant owners just can’t find Americans who can come to Cape Cod and work for only that period of time. One college student who lived two hours away didn’t even know about these jobs, but couldn’t stay the whole time because she has to go back to school before the end of the tourist season.

    The Trump administration recently cut the number of these work permits in half. Mara Lago subsequently asked for around 50-60 work permits for workers it needs! (Ironic, isn’t it.)

    So when employers really can’t find Americans to do certain jobs in this country, then immigrant workers are probably useful and may be required. Shoving American workers aside when they could do the work, or could be trained to do the work, so businesses can simply pocket more profit is not good for the workers or for our country.

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