Marvins Window: Immigrants willing to take lower paying jobs

I looked out my window this week for illegal immigrants picking lettuce or harvesting some other farm produce on a United States farm.

Since the usual media story or discussion of the workers, mostly from Mexico, says we need the farm workers that are where I looked for them.

Kingman may have been the wrong place to look.

Actually, looking on farms is an extremely limited view of where the estimated 10 million illegals are employed.

Last week I looked out my window at the inhumane things that happen to illegal immigrants drawn to this country to find jobs.

I looked back at the newspaper I had been reading and discovered the United States has a disturbingly high unemployment rate.

Could it be that we do not really need all these undocumented workers and illegal immigrants to fill the jobs in this country?

The myth of the past two decades has been "We need these people to fill jobs American citizens will not do."

The myth is missing some words and needs to be revised with the need for jobs that has been so apparent recently.

It should say "We need these people to take jobs at lower wages than we would have to pay our own workers."

Business news articles in the Arizona Republic state that housing prices are kept lower in the Phoenix and Tucson areas because the immigrants will work for less.

A recent Phoenix news account pictured a former computer employee serving coffee in a metro restaurant, apparently the best job available to him.

Middle management executives at Tyson poultry processing plants pleaded guilty to going to Mexico and recruiting workers.

The higher executives were acquitted in a court case that alleged it was corporate policy to recruit illegals that could be paid less then United States citizens.

Dalton, Georgia bills itself as the carpet capital of the world.

It has been a center of carpet manufacturing since before I first went to Georgia in 1970.

The industry once supplied jobs for long-term residents of the region.

Today, Spanish is the first language of the area.

When I was still in Georgia, the papers reported how disgusting it was that a Hispanic honor student of the local high school could not attend a Georgia public college on scholarship.

He and his family were in the country illegally.

The entire meat packing industry in the United States has gone from good paying union jobs for our citizens to all nonunion and with a large percentage of illegal workers.

A janitorial workers union in California has pushed for legalization of those illegals already in this country because so many of their members are illegally working in the United States.

Microsoft's Bill Gates made a large donation from his foundation to an Asian country to fight AIDS because so many workers from that region work for Microsoft.

A computer company, as reported in the news, plans to ship 20,000 programmer jobs overseas where wages are far below what U.S.

citizens would be paid here.

Mexico's president and other Mexican government officials insist that the United States make it easier for their citizens to work in this country.

That seems to be their most viable economic development policy---"Ship workers to the United States."

I read a recent opinion column that said, tongue in cheek, "How does the U.S.

Custom Service tax containers of jobs going out of the country?"

My question is simple.

How long are we to believe that citizens need jobs but will not take the jobs the 10 million illegals now have?

Economics once worked in the job market.

If employers could not get enough people to build houses at current wages, the employer raised the wages.

That reasoning still works at the Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Nurses, pharmacists and radiology techs are in short supply so higher wages are being paid.

It is past time to get "real" and join the dots on immigration issues.

We once had control of our borders and employers were responsible for checking citizenship.

No longer.

Employers are only required to place copies of two documents in the file.

I gave them my driver's license and social security card.

Mine are legal documents.

However, my employer need not check them out and would likely run into a lot of roadblocks if they tried.

Would it be too much to ask our state and federal governments to get serious before your job becomes one of those "United States citizens will not do?"

I sure hope Labor Day continues to be an American holiday for American workers.