The argument that immigrants "take jobs that other Americans don't want" leaves out the crucial factor of pay. If legal or illegal immigrants came here and worked as journalists or college professors at half the pay that American journalists or college professors receive, the intelligentsia would probably have no trouble seeing the fallacy in what they are saying.
One of the reasons many Americans will not take many low-paying or arduous jobs is that the welfare state makes it unnecessary for them to do so. But get those Americans off the gravy train, and take away employers' supply of cheap foreign labor, and Americans would resume doing jobs that they did for centuries.
More important, we would no longer be importing so many people who don't want to be Americans.
Read the whole series of Sowell articles (part I, part II) and then think about this:
Red flags fly
Iraqi Communists get U.S. support
in role in new interim government
One of the questions following the resurface of the communists is where the funding comes from. This question is of particular interest since the old Soviet Union is gone.
The answer is financial support comes from diverse sources, all of which are anti-West, particularly anti-American.
Most are linked to global interests, which do not coincide with those of the U.S.
Intelligence analysts say European communist parties are responsible for some of the funding, but countries such as North Korea and Iran are at the forefront of funneling funds to their preferred communist branches. Iran has a long-standing obligation to the Workers Communist Party of Iraq for its support, including providing vital intelligence during and after the Iran-Iraq war. The North Koreans are interested in pinning down in Iraq as many U.S. troops as possible to keep them away from the Pacific and the Far East. In addition, funds are being funneled by Syria as part of her anti-U.S. agenda. Other funds come from large communist parties in Asia, predominantly from India.
Some intelligence analysts familiar with Iraqi politics suggest that, at this point, Baath activists might even funnel funds to their communist rivals aiming at strengthening them – for the moment. They will use any and every avenue to pose more problems for the U.S. A review of the Iraq political scenario reveals growing discontent among former army and government officials, many of whom are now unemployed due to the policies of the coalition administration. Many realizing the coalition has not prohibited communist activities are opting to start a new political affiliation.
The communists continue to conduct many of their clandestine organizational and planning activities outside of Iraq, as far as possible from the coalition's grip. They have no problem of communication, organizing meetings and planning their strategy as they prepare for the possibility they may have to hit the streets to fight for their agenda.
So they're Communists? So what?
Some senior Iraqi communists have publicly suggested to their loyalists that they were prepared to use violence against U.S.-led coalition forces and that they were organizing front groups and infiltrating civil organizations across Iraq to gain political power.
Although U.S. officials say the ICP has been behaving responsibly, they add that the Communists would be foolish to do otherwise. For the first time in its 70-year history, the ICP is able to operate freely throughout Iraq without fear of persecution.
Well-organized, well-trained, and supported from abroad, the party maintained networks of clandestine front organizations inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq and abroad. It was the first to publish a regular newspaper after the U.S. liberation, even as the Coalition was struggling to establish a credible daily of its own.
The ICP's organizational abilities has allowed the ICP to infiltrate new political and social institutions, including human-rights groups, and provoke them to take and maintain an anti-U.S. position, while benefiting from U.S. protections.
The vast left-wing conspiracy has slipped up and shown its hand. All the Communists in the world didn't suddenly convert to Capitalism with the
fall of the Soviet Union. They're still here, still queer (in the old-fashioned sense) and still undermining America.