Some claim that we need to keep importing high school drop-outs (either illegally or in guest worker programs) because they are urgently needed:
Developer Louis Breland is finishing the first phase of a $750 million beach condo project.
“Subcontractors could not function without immigrant laborers for painting, rebar and steel work. They are the best workers,” he said. “Without them, the cost of construction would be 10 times as much and nothing would get built.”
Hmm, I seem to recall that a lot of buildings got built before the boom in illegal immigration started in the 1970s. In fact, my great grandfather worked as a carpenter. His son worked as a carpenter and then a construction foreman. And my father started his career as a carpenter. He also owned a small construction company while I was growing up, and no immigrants, legal or illegal, worked for him.
It used to be that Americans could make careers for themselves as skilled construction workers such as carpenters, bricklayers, drywallers, painters, etc. In fact, in areas of the country not yet overwhelmed with illegal immigrants, this is still true.
But once an area has enough illegal immigrants to underbid Americans for construction jobs, then the jobs all go to illegal immigrants. At that time we are informed by altruistic developers that “Subcontractors could not function without immigrant laborers … They are the best workers.”
So you are supposed to conclude that our information age economy is in desperate need of importing high-school drop outs. In fact, this is so important that we taxpayers must pay for their kids to go to school in the US, pay for their family’s medical care, and pay for other social services for them. We must subsidize these workers so that high-income developers can hire the “best workers”. Without this, our economy is doomed! Construction of new buildings will halt, our food supply will rot in the fields, restaurants will shut down, highway construction will end, and so on.
So I hope now it is clear why we taxpayers need to subsidize bringing in the “best workers” to replace American blue collar workers. Those American workers are obviously no good, want too high of pay, or they just won’t work at all.