The absurdity of “taking” someone’s job

We can’t talk about immigration without talking about irresponsible hiring practices.

The absurdity of “taking” someone’s job

Anyone who has ever had a job, or known someone who’s been employed — understands that you don’t simply take the job you want from someone else. If so, I’d be a Bollywood actress or a backup dancer for Beyonce.

The person that holds the power to create a job in the US is a business owner, HR department or CEO. So why are we vilifying immigrants who are accepting jobs that are being offered to them?

More importantly, what needs to happen to refocus our concerns on the people and businesses that are truly at fault?

Hiring an undocumented worker is not easy. It doesn’t happen by accident. There is paperwork that has to be skirted or forged and money to be accounted for. While it may be fairly easy to pay a babysitter, housekeeper or dishwasher under the table when you need extra help, it requires a careful and devious strategy to hire dozens or hundreds of illegal workers.

I agree, that Immigration is a problem — people are flooding our country to search for a better life, better jobs and more opportunity for their families. And in many cases they are finding it.

Deportation has become the default solution to “dealing with the immigration issue”. But tearing apart families that have been in the US for decades is a cruel and useless way of approaching the problem. It hasn’t slowed the pace of illegal immigrants coming to the US and it acts as a distraction from the real issues.

And there are dozens of those issues. Our faltering education system and growing sense of entitlement has created an environment where many Americans are not trained to do technical work, but too proud to work low-paying labor jobs. The mass migrations of young people from rural and suburban areas to cities where they can find better work is leaving manufacturing and agriculture communities at a loss for labor and innovation. Unpredictable tax, labor and healthcare regulation changes keep small and medium businesses from growing with confidence. Employers wield fear of deportation as a powerful tool to drive down wages and perpetuate the problem.

At the intersection of all of these massive problems is the employer. They are the ones who have the power to make significant changes. Until we incentivize businesses to make more responsible hiring choices, and provide them with the support they need to thrive without leaning on illegal immigrants, we will never see changes to larger immigration improvements.

Until we penalize those corporations and employers who are taking advantage of the system and taking advantage of families simply looking for a better life, we should expect to see immigration get much much worse.

What can we do locally to hold our businesses accountable for responsible hiring practices?