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Illegal Immigration: L and O SVU Hits the Mark

by Dan Ehrlich (writer), London/L.A./Seattle, December 12, 2009

Bill O'Reilly Irate Over Anti Migrant Tag

A Law and Order SVU show has stoked the embers of a problem the Obama Administration seems to have put on the back burner…illegal immigration. The episode became controversial because it implicitly branded talk show hosts such as Bill O’Reilly as immigrant hating fear mongers.

O’Reilly strongly denies this and hit back at show producer Dick Wolf calling him a “despicable human being.” But, as far as the problem goes, all this name-calling is irrelevant. What was important about the show was that it actually approached the actual causes of illegal immigration; things politicians and law enforcement officials of all persuasions seem to either ignore or give scant mention.

Their emphasis is on the immigrants themselves rather than how and why they have been able to get work in the USA. And as we now see the Bush Fence with Mexico, designed to stem the flow of illegals into the US, hasn’t been nixed by Obama. This is still being pushed as an effective treatment for the problem.

In the show actor John Larroquette, hits out at right wing talk show hosts saying, “They've convinced folks that immigrants are the problem, not corporations that fail to pay a living wage or a broken health care system..."

This is true, but doesn’t go far enough. America has been populated by people from all over the world coming here to get a better deal. The same holds true for Hispanic immigrants, with one major exception. The bulk of worldwide immigrants here were determined to become Americans and partake of the American dream. It’s safe to say the bulk of Mexican immigrants, for example, simply want work and to send money home to relatives still living in a nation approaching failed state status. Yet, you still can’t fault these people for wanting to better their lives and of their families.

The problem is with our wealthy society and the employers in it who give immigrants work without fear of the law. But the sad fact of life is this can’t be helped…at least until our own economy deteriorates so much, masses of Americans will again be ready to work in fast food restaurants.

It’s no accident that our service sector, like the Bush-Cheney cabal, has been given a “get out of jail free” card. Yes, every so often there’s a token bust, such at kosher meat packer in the Midwest. That’s right; if you want scapegoats, hit the Jews. But, when have you ever heard of the law coming down a Big Mac? You won’t because you are able to get a value menu at Macdonald’s largely due to cheap immigrant labor. Without it, probably no 99 cent double cheesburgers.

You might say the bottom line reads: Millions of illegals are here because Americans unknowingly want them here. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to satisfy our gluttonous desires for more and more cheap goods and services. And that’s why Big Mac isn’t busted…who would replace all those workers? Americans? Not yet…but soon as the nation regresses. However, as Americans return to low wage work it won’t be to earn extra cash. It will, in many cases, be a prime job.

It’s then, when Americans end up fighting illegals for jobs, that the government will be forced to act. Yet, by that time many of the immigrants may have gone home to new jobs being created by US firms moving south. We may even see Americans streaming into Mexico for work.

When any wealthy society is gripped by materialism, decadence follows. The very people who developed the society find it unthinkable that they or their children should now work for peasant wages. But, to make goods on the cheap peasant wages is what it takes. Why not hire your own down trodden people? Well they don’t want to work of peasant wages, either. In the end, we are left with the prospect of masses of illegals, getting the blind eye from law enforcement because our economy and hedonistic desires depend on it.

But, we will still have that border fence to show the government is doing something.

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3 comments on Illegal Immigration: L and O SVU Hits the Mark

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By M.J. Hamada on December 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Nice one, Dane.

I was expecting one more paragraph on the L&O: SVU, for the specific how's and why's.

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By Lady D on December 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

I have known many illegals that would have been happy to stay in thier countries. However the American compaies that go thier pay slave wages, not just low wages.

I have a friend who worked at a GM plant and made $63 a week making casting. He said if they had paid $5 an hour he would have been happy to continue working.

He came here an made $8 an hour as a starting wage. Also we allow our companies to go to other countries and polute them.

It is sad that the wealthy are so jaded.

Like the Joni Mitchell lyric says, "What are you going to do when all the slaves are free."

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By Tom Lewis on December 13, 2009 at 01:04 pm

Another solid hit, danew.

Isn't it interesting that the useful commentary cited in this conversation comes from 1) Law and Order and 2) The Daily Show? What ever happened to Lou Dobbs?

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