An editorial in the Washington Post on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump's recent comments on restricting immigration and argued that people in the country illegally are needed for menial labor.
The paper said Trump's call for a border wall and a "humane" solution to the millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are "politically and economically preposterous."
"Those include the fact that at least 8 million unauthorized immigrants are employed, most have been in this country for 15 years or longer, and typically they do jobs — tending crops, washing dishes, mowing lawns — that native-born Americans do not want," the Post said.
They're also not medically screened, thus presenting a risk to public health. They also do construction work, such as roofing, thus taking those jobs from citizens. We have dishwashing machines, and automation is already being deployed at farms; their sensors can differentiate between ripe and unripe strawberries, and they can harvest the fragile berries without damage. "Who will pick your lettuce"? Machines. And they won't defecate in the fields.
These people are not "unauthorized immigrants", they are illegal aliens; foreign nationals, if you will. I welcome screened, legal immigrants, but will not do business with a company that doesn't use E-Verify. We have laws, and we admit more legal immigrants than any other county. I will not hire outlaws, and I can mow my own lawn.