Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Myths Spread by Immigrant Bashers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Myths Spread by Immigrant Bashers

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Here's what immigrant bashers tell us is happening with alarming consequences for our future:

Jobs held by immigrants keep Americans unemployed, which is why the United States must stop allowing foreigners to come over here.

And if immigrants aren't taking our jobs, they're on welfare.

That is why, as one bill in Congress proposes, we must bar immigrants from qualifying for any U.S. taxpayer-financed welfare program for at least 10 years after they become American citizens.

Immigrants today, particularly those from Latin America, are different from those who graced America's shores before; these people don't want to assimilate, and they want to push their language and culture down our throats! That is why Congress must make English the official U.S. language.

Here's what the immigrant-bashers won't tell us:

Most jobs taken by immigrants are jobs Americans don't want, because Americans believe that those jobs are beneath them.

The ski slopes of Colorado offer a reality check. Colorado's ski resorts, hotels and restaurants have to import workers from countries as far away as Mauritania, Russia and Australia to fill openings for janitors, sales clerks and even ski instructors. Included in Colorado's work force, of course, are the much-despised immigrants from Latin America.

A recent report in The New York Times explained Colorado's international labor-pool needs this way: "With American college students shunning low-status jobs, and high housing costs scaring away American blue-collar workers, hotels, resorts and restaurants are increasingly trying to ease an acute labor shortage by hiring immigrants."

The immigrants aren't wealthy enough to afford Colorado's housing, either. But they are willing to share cramped living space with other immigrants for the opportunity to work.

The use of welfare programs by immigrants is exaggerated. …

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