Last week I was watching CNN and I caught an interesting segment centering on the immigration debate. As of 2010, Asians have overtaken Latinos as the largest group to influx into the United States. I found this interesting because with all the media coverage immigration has gotten in this election year one would think that Latinos are the only ethnic group entering the United States legally or illegally. The debate over the Dream Act and President Obama giving leniency to young illegal immigrants the pictures you see in media are of Mexicans coming into the United States illegally. If there were to be an implicit bias test done on most Americans asking, “Describe an illegal immigrant.” I would bet that most people would describe a Mexican. These stereotypes are only reinforced by fear politics and media portrayal (looking at you Fox News).
The biggest reason that most people who are opposed to immigration is that people come to this country and take all the jobs (looks at conservative right wingers). This is in spite of the fact that most illegal immigrants work most of the jobs (sometimes at wages below minimum wage) that a lot of citizens would turn their noses up at. I don’t know a lot of people born in this country who would happily work as a hotel maid or a day laborer. Based on this this:
Asian Americans also attain college degrees (61%) at about double the rate of recent non-Asian immigrants (30%), Pew found.
One could conclude that Asian Americans are filling positions that are more coveted, higher paying and white-collar. These are jobs that honest, hard working Americans are entitled to right? So where’s the outrage? Why isn’t there litigation being put in motion to block the borders from allowing Asians to enter our country? That’s probably because Asians coming into our country are more qualified for the type of jobs they are filling. It’s hard for media to paint a picture of a group of people taking jobs and benefits when there’s no one more qualified to fill those positions.
The issue I have with a lot of agenda-based news media is how they depict the immigration “problem” as one group and they are unfairly publicized as lazy, multiple child having, government freeloaders. Conservative Republicans sell this rhetoric to their base, which consists of mostly lower to middle class whites. This rhetoric is accepted as gospel because it gives their base a scapegoat. Can’t get a job? Blame Mexicans. We’re in a recession? Blame Mexicans (and Obama). Crime rates are increasing? Blame Mexicans (and Blacks and Obama). I’m sure you get my point. In the end they have everyone to blame for their problems but themselves. They will vote against their own financial interests in order to preserve some sense of superiority but that’s another blog post in itself.
Until Mitt Romney discusses the plague of Asian American borders and how we can stop this incursion he can forget about my vote in November.