Originally Posted by mr. tegu
That is a good point. Immigrants that want to come here and assimilate do so because it is the land of opportunity and you can try to make yourself something out of nothing. For the illegals who don't want to assimilate its the land of where there is plenty of grass to cut and leaves to be blown. There just seems to be no desire to do better for themselves for many of them
, which part of that is because of the inability to speak the language.
If some of them truely and honestly enjoys that work that is terrific and more power to them for doing what they want. I know there are days when I would rather be doing that. That being said, its a shame they don't pay taxes into the system the way any American born person would if they did the same work. I guess I could be wrong, but I don't imagine companies that hire illegal immigrants have any way of imposing any kind of taxes or contributing money to the local schools that are educating the illegal children. I feel like I am all over the place.
They're really no different than native-born Americans in that respect. There are plenty of Americans who have no ambition to chase the American dream but instead settle in to dead-end jobs and just get by. There's nothing wrong with this until they start voting to raise taxes on people who make more than they do and to expand benefits that flow into their own pockets. Unfortunately, we have an epidemic of that going on right now and plenty of demagogues in politics to encourage it.
I agree completely with your point about assimilation, btw. I think potential legal immigrants should have to show a propensity to assimilate before they're accepted (e.g. learn English in your homeland and then apply to come here). Obviously, this is a separate issue from the issue of what we do with the millions of illegals who are already here.