While speaking before an audience of wealthy oligarchs in Dubai, George W. Bush opened his yap and told us what he really thought about illegal immigrants.
“Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees, but there are people who want [to] put food on their family’s tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”
Gee, it’s almost as if he thinks illegal immigrants are just cheap menial laborers who can perform the work that is beneath him and his class. Although they may wrap it in sob-story rhetoric about compassion, or vacuous “we’re a nation of immigrant” platitudes, ultimately it’s about exploiting a source of cheap labor. (Leaving aside that a single operator in the air conditioned cab of a cotton harvester can pick more cotton in a day than a hundred indentured illegal servants.)
He’s not alone in this. This attitude is common among both Democrat and Republican elites. Bush’s successor described the role of illegal immigrants as mowing lawns and emptying bedpans. A Democrat candidate for the governorship of California similarly said that illegal immigrants were here to clean toilets and make up hotel rooms. A person who referred to illegal immigrants as “lettuce pickers” would be accused of using a racist slur; unless that person were Republican Senator John McCain defending cheap labor.
The people who have already secured their position at the top of the socio-economic hill are quite detached from the concerns of middle and working class Americans. No one in the Bush family is ever going to have to worry about losing out on a college placement because the Admissions Department prioritizes minorities. No one in the Bush family will ever lose out on a job opportunity because an illegal immigrant was willing to work for less. Nor are there any MS-13 cholos stalking the kind of neighborhoods where the Bushes live.
And what possible logic could there be behind insisting on importing tens of millions of unskilled third world laborers at a time when 30% of jobs are going to be replaced by automation unless the actual, literal goal is to create a permanent underclass?