Arizona should either stop scapegoating immigrant workers or change its name to the State of Hypocrisy. Why should I write such a mean-spirited thing?
Let's begin with why the migrant worker is here in the first place. She is here because we want her here.
He is here because we want to be able to buy $1 hamburgers at McDonalds or Burger King.
Migrant workers are here because we want to purchase inexpensive vegetables. They are here for the very same reason that there are slave workers in China and Burma, because we want to wear clothes and are willing to buy on the cheap and support our lifestyle on the backs of abused and grossly underpaid workers.
They are here because we want them to be here to do the work Americans don't want to do.
Yes, immigrant workers do want to make a better life for themselves. They would like their families to have access to health care. They want a good education and the possibility of a future for their children.
But as the saying goes, "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride" and none of their wanting would have gotten them here if we didn't want them.
They are here because we brought them here. We are still bringing them. For nearly a century our corporations have been hiring them and putting them to work while we, all of us, looked the other way and pretended not to notice.
America needs to get its mind around that fact, and if you doubt that, then wait until the immigrant workers leave. At first, that will give us what we say we want, but in time, when the economy collapses and we see how lazy we truly are, their exodus will give us what you don't want.
If we are serious about immigration reform -- and we're not -- then we had better get used to the idea of picking our own crops, gutting our own cows and packing our own meat. We better prepare ourselves to make our own beds and wash our own dishes when we go on vacation.
We better begin to plan for a huge increase in our cost of living. We should begin thinking now about what will result when we send "the illegals" home and close our borders to their neighbors as well.
We need to get ready because, you see, we are the idlers, eating bread that should, according to God, belong to the laborers; we are the ones who have confiscated the riches of the immigrants' labor and then accused them of taking our's.
Right now, we're all anxious to place our hands on Hispanic heads and transfer the blame of our sins to them. We cannot wait for them to go forth from among us. But deep down, we know our current economic plight is not their fault.
When they have all gone home, will we not be like the Egyptians who all of the sudden wondered who would feed them, who would build and clean their monuments, with the children of Israel gone?
If you doubt that, you haven't understood what's been happening in America at all.
Douglas Donaldson is a resident of Clearfield.