As probably the last of the American born white
dishwashers in the City of New York who did that to support himself as a young
high school student some time in the last century I can tell you they sure
aren't stealing jobs from anyone. I was usually the only person born in the
United States and often the only native English speaker in the kitchen and I
never worked harder in my life doing 12 hour shifts. My immigrant co-workers
were awesome. They did that six days a week and they took every penny home so
their kids could eventually go to college along with me. When I see a Mexican
guy leave a restaurant after midnight, tired, beat down and ready to get on the
subway for over an hour to get a few hours sleep so he can turn around and do
it all over again I don't see a thief. I see a hero.
These guys bring their labor, their incredible work ethic
and their talents to enrich my country. I think they need to come legally
sanctioned with a visa stamped in their passport but they aren't stealing. They
are giving all they got.
The talents immigrants bring are also quite significant.
You look at our 19th and early 20th century buildings and infrastructure in my
home town you see the work of Italian stonecarvers, the innovative work of the
Gustavino tile makers, the incredible engineering of German engineers in our
bridges and water delivered so reliably and with gravity alone through tunnels
built by Irish sand hogs. Immigrants. They build things to last.
My great-grandfather, a refugee from Russia, introduced
the automobile to the Bronx. His business was horses. He didn't bitch when the
car came in, he innovated, probably because he was an immigrant. We have people
born here who complain coal jobs are going away while the children of
immigrants are at MIT learning how to design wind turbines. Elon Musk, an
immigrant, is making electric cars, powerful batteries and just launched the
biggest rocket since the Saturn V, itself built and designed by immigrants.
Immigrants and their kids get things done. They create entire industries.
They make significant scientific discoveries. My public
high school alone has more Nobel prize winners than most countries and their
parents were poor immigrants. One high school. You look at what made America a
science and technology powerhouse it's the single biggest factor bar none.
"Stealing jobs?" Immigrants made America great
to begin with. You think those Nigerian doctors, nurses and Indian engineers
aren't making us great now? Go to a hospital. Use the Internet. It's them. You
better hope an immigrant is in your emergency room when you get there.
If you think you are an "ordinary" American
whose job is being stolen by an immigrant maybe you need to remember what the
grandson of an immigrant said some time ago. Ask not what America can do for you
but what you can do for it. Up your game. Get your kids off their phones and
make them do their math homework and then in the Summer get them out there
mucking a cow stall so they learn the value of an education. Shut off your
television. Quit complaining and start doing. Immigrants might just believe in
this country more than you do, so move your ass. Now. And quit your bitching
because while you are wasting your time some immigrant is getting the job done.
To make America great NOW!