Let me get this straight. This new "Immigration Plan" would allow for some 9 million Mexican citizens who are already living and working in the U.S. to become legal "Guest Workers"? Why is it just for Mexicans? Why not Chinese, Canadian or citizens from any other country in the world who might like to work here? I'd like to know what's so special about being from Mexico? Once they become legal they still can't vote so that's not the issue, so tell me what's at the root of this?
The funniest part of all of this is the fact that once all of these 9 million people become legal then they are going to have to get paid minimum wage which in most cases will be double or triple what they are getting paid now. Needless to say, this can't possibly be in the best of interest of the businesses that employ them, as some people would assert. Never mind the fact that they will probably all go on strike and demand higher wages and better working conditions.
What's the overall result going to be if this plan becomes reality? Interestingly enough, once all these Mexicans become legitimate who's to say they will stick to the menial labor jobs like agriculture, landscaping and construction? What's stopping them from taking your job? Once this plan starts they will immediately begin to infiltrate into the rest of the unskilled labor force and cause your wage to drop drastically or eliminate you position permanently. I could easily envision Mexicans stocking shelves at Powell's, bussing tables at Jake's or doing any number of tasks that only require a strong back and a basic knowledge of the English language.
In addition, I'm sure for every person who is allowed to live and work here legally there will be an additional 2-5 illegal alien relatives who will come live here and further drain our welfare and healthcare system. All you need to collect foodstamps and social services is an Oregon drivers license which the DMV is more than happy to give you when you show them a bill addressed to you and a Mexican Consulate card. Another state tax increase will cover that problem, don't worry right?
Don't get me wrong, this isn't some racist tirade leveled against Mexicans. This isn't about Mexicans or any other nationality for that matter. Its all about fairness and this is the reality of the situation that most of you are afraid to discuss because you know that if you say anything negative about the "poor oppressed migrant worker" then you'll be labeled as a right-winger. But that's ok. Go ahead and stick you head in the sand like an ostrich and hope the problem will go away. Trouble is, by the time you pull your head out some Mexican citizen will be driving the forklift that you used to drive and all the crop workers and landscapers will be imported from China...