The Right’s Conflicting Arguments on Immigration


Larry Pratt of the extremely far right Gun Owners of America, so far right that they think the NRA is a liberal group, went on Steve Deace’s radio show and delivered the standard right wing line about how illegal immigrants are a bunch of lazy bums who just want to vote for Democrats so they can get their hands on welfare:

Pratt: The scamnesty plan is a plan to bring in a gazillion Democrat voters. The people who have not been given immigration status because they are a doctor or an engineer or some other skill that would be beneficial in the United States economy, but instead the people that would be given amnesty ultimately by this procedure that Rubio and company have been unleashing are those that don’t have even high school educations, are barely literate in their own Spanish language. I’m fluent in Spanish and I’ve spoken with some of these people and it’s amazing that they can’t even spell in Spanish when you have almost a completely phonetic language. I’ve taught people to read in Spanish if they could competently speak the language, I’ve taught them to read it’s that phonetic. Yet the people that would be coming in illiterate in Spanish, they’re going to be Democrats, they’re going to be dependents, they’re not going to be working at a nuclear reactor or a car factory, they’re going to be probably just sitting around drawing welfare and voting Democrat.

But wait, isn’t the other argument that they come here and take our jobs? So which is it? Pick a horse and ride it.

Comments

  1. tubi says

    The “jobs” they take are “Welfare Queen” and “Lazy-Ass Slacker”. In between cutting our grass and scrubbing our toilets.

  2. John Pieret says

    In between cutting our grass and scrubbing our toilets.

    For minimum wage and yet they usually manage to send money home to their families. Lazy buggers!

  3. coragyps says

    Without the Mexican illegals that I know working their butts off out here at our dairy, I’m going to bet that milk would be about $9 a gallon. And the entire oilfield here and in South Texas depends on Spanish-speaking semi-illeterate labor.

  4. eric says

    For minimum wage

    They (the immigrants) wish! At least some of the conservative opposition to immigration reform stems from the fact that illegal labor is cheaper than legal labor; if you make everyone legal, business labor costs in some sectors are going to go up.

  5. says

    Yet the people that would be coming in illiterate in Spanish, they’re going to be Democrats, they’re going to be dependents, they’re not going to be working at a nuclear reactor or a car factory, they’re going to be probably just sitting around drawing welfare and voting Democrat.

    What I find sad about this rhetoric:

    1. As I see it, the way the educational system is going, thanks in large part to Republicans, fewer Americans are going to be qualified skilled laborers as time goes on.

    2. One of the reasons immigrants come over here is because our public schools are still better than at their home country. It’s their hope that their children get the opportunity to learn the skills needed for prestigious jobs and climb the social ladder. They want their children to have a chance at that old idea we used to have called “The American Dream.” Republicans, in their war against meritocracy, hate that idea.

  6. matty1 says

    The other good one is to combine “But they won’t integrate” with “Coming over here taking our women”. You get a tripple whamy of hypocrisy, racism and sexism in one easily swallowed bullshit.

  7. says

    tubi “The ‘jobs’ they take are ‘Welfare Queen’ and ‘Lazy-Ass Slacker’. In between cutting our grass and scrubbing our toilets.”
    And they’re also nannying our children! Oh, woe! Won’t someone think of the children?!

  8. kermit. says

    Bronze Dog explains why this isn’t contradictory, Ed. The illegals Hispanics are coming here to take the jobs which Americans will be wanting in just a little while. A couple more years of budget cutting and we’ll find Americans willing to do anything simply for enough to eat. That’s what made America great!

  9. dan4 says

    The premise in Pratt’s argument seems to be that welfare is the only country where welfare exists (i.e., he’s basically making an anti-American argument).

  10. dingojack says

    “… the people that would be given amnesty ultimately by this procedure that Rubio and company have been unleashing are those that don’t have even high school educations, are barely literate in their own Spanish language“.

    Be careful what you wish for Pratt.
    If basic literacy in a language and a high school diploma were the standard for voting in elections, the Republicans (in some areas) would have trouble finding enough voters to fill a phone booth, let alone several hundred voting booths.

    ;) Dingo

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