I very rarely watch political talk shows because they’re generally worthless. It’s people attempting to deal with complex matters in about 3 minutes, which often leads to destructive commentary that accomplishes nothing. As Jon Stewart said on Crossfire, these types of shows are hurting America.
However, I will sometimes catch a few of these talking heads while flipping through the channels. One that has caught my attention is Glenn Beck. Though I do not watch him regularly, he does bring up good points (and bad points), but attempts to do so in a civil manner.
Today, while looking through CNN’s website, I came across his commentary on illegal immigration being the new slave labor:
“Jobs Americans just won’t do.”
I can’t stand that line, but more importantly, I don’t even understand it.
Americans spend months at a time at sea fishing for crab or drilling for oil; two of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Americans clean bathrooms, subway stations and crime scenes. Americans man toll booths, pave roads, embalm bodies and inspect sewers. Yet people really expect us to believe that they won’t pick strawberries or oranges?
It just doesn’t add up…
The unspoken truth is that these businesses don’t hire illegal aliens because they can’t find American workers, they hire illegal aliens because they don’t want American workers. And it has nothing to do with wages.
Illegal aliens mean no workers’ comp claims, no age, race or sex discrimination lawsuits, no healthcare premiums, no unions, and no demands for raises, vacations or bigger offices. In fact, illegal immigrants are the perfect employees because they’re not employees at all; they’re corporate slaves.
Economist Dr. Thomas Sowell once said, “Blacks were not enslaved because they were black, but because they were available.” Can’t the exact same thing be said for illegal aliens? They’re available and we’re allowing them to be exploited in the name of cheap groceries.
This is only part of the article and I encourage everyone to read the entire thing.
It certainly is a valuable question – has America lost so much of its moral fiber that it’s willing to look the other way because of cheap food prices while corporate America introduces a new form of slavery?
For too long I believe American Christians have held completely absurd views on illegal immigration, often dictated by their political leanings more than their theological leanings. The liberal Christians have been rabidly pro-illegal immigration because they’ve adopted the Marxist view of a “world without borders.” On the opposite end are conservative Christians arguing we should deport all illegal immigrants (read: brown people, you don’t see anyone crying for Canadians to be rounded up) and stop letting them take jobs away from Americans.
The central moral issue of the matter, however, has been completely ignored. This merely shows that there has been a greater moral breakdown in Christianity. On the left of Christianity, Christianity has been wrapped in a Marxist flag, so that all actions are interpreted through the view of Marxism or Socialism. On the right, Christianity has been wrapped in the American flag, to the point that one puts America’s interests first instead of the interest of Christ.
As Christians we are to speak out against social injustices. This would mean that we should be anti-illegal immigration because it is creating a new slave labor force in America and, as Christians, we shouldn’t stand for slavery (William Wilberforce provides an excellent example on this issue). At the same time, we should be pushing for immigration reform because it’s an equal injustice that hard working people in poverty have a near impossible time coming into America on their own means.
We shouldn’t fear “Spanish culture” from infiltrating American culture (I would, however, argue that Spanish culture is morally superior to current American culture) – as Christians culture is simply a relative thing. We should only be proud to be American so long as America is doing the right things. At the point America abandons her morality (which she has been doing more and more) we should cling even harder to Christianity.
Christians needs to rethink how they approach the illegal immigration issue. If we’re pro-illegal immigration then we’re merely supporting slave labor, which is anti-Christian. If we support the status quo law, however, then we’re supporting a form of a social injustice, which is also anti-Christian.
As Glenn Beck says:
“Is the price of fruit really the standard we want to live up to as a country? Is that really who we’ve become?”
We, as Christians, should also ask this question…is this what Christianity has become? Something more concerned about economics and Americanism and not about what Christ would have us to do?