The anti-immigrant mob scenes taking place at our southern borders is all too reminiscent of the KKK protests against Afro-Americans, Jews, Catholics, and pretty much everyone in America who isn’t a white evangelical racist.
We are treated to daily video of people chanting anti-immigrant messages, hoping to prevent the Federal Government from relocating some of the many minors, unaccompanied, who show up at our borders hoping to escape crime, corruption, and the lack of any foreseeable future in their Central American nations of birth. This describes rather well the reasons our European ancestors as they streamed into the new world without waiting for a visa. Escaping from the famines of Ireland and other agrarian societies, the pogroms of Eastern Europe, the grinding poverty of colonial nations and the indentured servitude, chattel slavery, and judicial sentences; our forebears dodged the border guards as well as possible and set about becoming part of this nation. They took what work they could to support their families, trading skills and determination for a chance to work in sweatshops, assembly lines, steel mills, and hundreds of underpaid, man-killing jobs that offered too little pay for jobs with no benefits.
On the backs of immigrants, huge fortunes were amassed. The Carnegies, Asters, Vanderbilts, and other super rich took every advantage and left the employees to live in tenements.
Today, our anti-immigrants are quite willing to allow the use of migrant labor as long as the migrants leave when the job is done. I’m referring to the “They’re taking our jobs, jobs!” The folks screaming “USA” as if the initials transfer some immense unseen power aren’t going to take the menial job paying below minimum, and requiring backbreaking, brutal labor. That’s why the migrants are here now
It’s only a matter of time before the anti-immigrants find enough gun nuts to join in their hatred of folks who are different. White sheets can be purchased at your local Wal-Mart.