“They Took ‘Yer Job!” is No Laughing Matter
by I, AnCap
We all know that famous South Park episode. Waves of immigrants from a dystopian future flood the job market and force everyone in South Park into the unemployment line by undercutting them in hourly wages. While certainly it’s definitely good satire and I did enjoy the episode, it obviously ignores several factors for the sake of comedy.
The argument we see over and over again is, “If someone from the third world with no connections and no ability to speak English can outcompete you in the job market, you don’t deserve that position!” I almost want to vomit every time I hear this because of the sheer ignorance you’d have to possess to make this “argument.” Even when I believed in open borders and was sympathetic to illegal immigrants, I didn’t use this.
For one, it’s not true the immigrants have no connections. California alone holds a some 3 million illegal immigrants, according to the Migration Policy Institute. In 2007, that would have accounted for nearly a quarter of all so-called undocumented people in the country. To think they, who have higher birthrates than the native population, don’t have massive families by which to acquire resources, is preposterous. Although the birth rates for both sects are decreasing, the only study I could find to reference was in 2012, during turbulent economic times.
The second part of the argument is that the immigrants don’t speak English. Seeing as how you have to “press one for English and 2 for Spanish,” I’d say it’s possible for tight-knit communities who tend to self-segregate anyways to get along. Besides, this could actually be an advantage. An employee who doesn’t speak English well is less likely to tell everyone about his cool job where he doesn’t pay taxes, all under the table. You know, like a young native-born kid who could use the job might.
The final argument is the most obviously shameful. The proponents actually believe it’s easier for a young American person to get a low-skilled job than a foreign immigrant. Remember how we went over how the plurality of this happens in California, the liberal state where the minimum wage is higher than the rest of the country? Yeah, apparently in that state, these people think it would make more economic sense for employers to hire someone for $10.50 an hour than pay illegal immigrants under the table. Lets ignore black market principles that are clearly aiding the immigrants, who aren’t registered with any government agencies and have an incentive to keep quiet.
This is akin to the following scenario. Imagine there were strict gun control enacted nation-wide, and law-abiding citizen had to turn in their guns. It would be like saying “If a criminal could get a gun from the deep web and you can’t, maybe you don’t deserve to have a weapon,” all the while ignoring the fact that the person has to break several laws and put themselves and the person who sold them the gun at risk of imprisonment and fines. The same principles apply to labor. Black markets apply there, just as everywhere else.