I didn’t want to be political. But, I can’t stand the feeling of dread I get every time I read or listen to the news. I’m done insulting Trump on the internet. I’m done seeing slightly racist memes on Facebook. And I’m done starting internet fights to sway someone’s opinion. So, I have decided to share my personal experience in the hopes it will be a more effective way to promote change.
As a person who may, or may not have, knowingly hired illegal immigrants, I would like to clear up a few things. First, is the fact that immigrants don’t pay taxes. Usually, to get a fake Social Security number they take one from someone who is dead. This works to get through most payroll software. Taxes are then deducted from their paycheck like everyone else. However, at the end of the year, most of them do not file their taxes, because they don’t want a paper trail leading back to them. In a way, they are overpaying their taxes, because they never file for their returns. They do not sign up for welfare benefits, because they do not have a valid social security number and they do not want a paper trail leading back to them. They do not vote in elections because they don’t want a paper trail leading back to them for DHS to follow. They also do not get driver’s licenses, because they do not want a paper trail leading to them for DHS to follow. Basically anytime anyone would ask them for an SS number, they are going to avoid that thing. Applying for an apartment, car loan, or even a credit card is extremely difficult. Also every time they buy stuff, they are charged sales tax, a lot of ways they make more money for the US and US states.
Speaking of buying shit, from an economic standpoint, I don’t think people understand how helpful and necessary immigrants are. Our economy is based on people buying shit. The more people you have, the more shit they have to buy and the better the economy does. Des Moines has blown up in the past decade because of immigrants. In the 90s Clinton made Iowa and Kansas City take in all of the Bosnian refugees. Today, those refugees have kids and those kids and their parents buy lots of shit. All this shit buying has made a lot of companies invest in real estate and other businesses in Des Moines. So now, even rich east coast people buy lots of shit in Iowa.
Most of the economic booms in American history credits a wartime mass production economy as the cause. However, these are also times of massive emigration to America. During the Civil War, the potato famine in Ireland caused literal boatloads of Irish citizens to come to America. During WWII, literal boatloads of Jews and refugees were escaping Nazis and the war in Europe and came to America. Smarter people than me could argue that the surge in the population was the actual cause of the economic booms that coincided with these wars. And I'm sure all of these immigrants had proper documentation when they arrived here.
My father recently shared a meme on facebook stating that our ancestors came here legally and adopted the culture, or some other racist bullshit propaganda. Keep in mind, that this is a man that learned French from his grandparents as a boy, and I believe he was the fifth generation after his great-great-grandparents immigrated from Canada. It took our family five generations to adopt American culture and stop using French at home. Also from 1850-ish to 1960-ish, the whole west side of Manchester spoke French. Its crazy how fast people forget their own history. You really think people in New Hampshire were excited when a bunch of Canadians showed up to take their jobs working in the mills? You really think they all had green cards? Until 9/11, people didn't even need a passport to cross the Canadian border.
At the end of the day, people are people. People have been doing the same things for thousands of years, no imaginary lines on a map are going to stop them. They are going to do what is best to survive and for their family to survive. I loved all the Mexican and Nepali girls I have had the pleasure of working with. They had no problem cleaning up piss, shit, vomit, condoms or any other mess and they did it with a smile on their face because they were in America. They could be free. This is the type of nationalism the right needs to adopt.
I worked with a man who survived a genocide and came to America. He started as a housekeeper, went to college, got an MBA, and became a regional hotel manager. When that man talks about America and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time as his plane started to land in NYC, his eyes start to water. This should make you proud to be an American. Not the fact that we won World War 2, 80 years ago, and that we think we are better than the rest of the world. You should be proud of the fact that people come here for a better life. Proud of the fact that anyone who comes here and works their ass off, can become someone.
Trump's grandfather came here and started a whorehouse, but he made enough money for his son to start a construction company. Three generations later, his grandson becomes fucking president. I hate pretty much everything Trump represents, but even I respect that. Imagine what Trump's grandfather thought when he saw the Statue of Liberty from the boat as he sailed into NYC. A giant fucking statue that says;
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
And what would he think about his grandson wanting to build the second monument that basically says;
You're all a bunch of rapists and murders! Go the fuck home!
I think he'd be fine with it. Only white dudes from Europe should be allowed in, no brown people, right?
People like Trump have been using the tactic for votes for generations. It started in Jim Crowe era. Pinning poor white people and poor black people against each other. After the Civil War and the South was in a huge recession, politicians were basically like freed black people caused this, they took your job! Trump used the same thing. As blue-collar manufacturing jobs went overseas, or were lost to automation, or closed to save the environment, Trump blames immigrants for taking the good jobs. And uneducated white dudes buy into this shit because uneducated people are dumb AF. Trump built his brand as for "rich people only", and poor white people think he actually cares about them. He just wanted to get himself a bunch of tax breaks and destroy the EPA so he can build condos in swamplands. Keep the poor people fighting amongst themselves so rich people can stay rich.
But what do I know?
I would like to take this time to reiterate that this whole article is based on my own personal experience. I'm not entirely sure there are facts in here. This is the scariest part of Trumps administration. All the misinformation he spreads with his "fake news" bullshit. Trump is greatest used car salesmen of all-time and he manipulates facts by discrediting every news site besides FOX and spreading half-truths and straight up lies. So now every crazy ass FB meme seems like a fact to everyone's drunk uncle. I've seen ones that say we give 13 billion dollars a year to Mexico to prevent illegal immigration. Like, WTF, is Aunt Sharon white girl wasted on wine again?
I'm sure there are a bunch of people on left making up just as much bullshit. And the fact is that statistically, this is the safest time to be alive. War, crime, sickness are all at all-time lows and that is the only thing that gives me some comfort. The point being that we should always be working to make America the best country it can be FOR EVERYONE, and Trump isn't that guy. He divides people and thinks he can make jobs by destroying the planet. If you want to make America great again, there is no again, it can’t go backwards, only forwards.