I do agree there is a large component of racism in the illegal immigration debate, but it is not about "keeping out the Mexicans" or preventing people of color from coming in the country. I think CNN's Lou Dobbs gets a raw deal on this issue. I try to watch his show every chance I get, and I have yet to see his position be that of a racist. In fact, I think it is the other way around... let me try to explain this.
The argument FOR illegal immigration is most often phrased like this, "they are doing jobs Americans won't do." In the wake of the Swift Meat Packing Plant arrests, we saw a large number of employees that ARE American in these jobs and company officials admitted they will be hiring local American residents to fill the positions of the illegal immigrants that were arrested last week. So the phrase "jobs Americans won't do" is unjust, unfair and and a flat out lie. The company complains "Americans won't keep these jobs long, they move on to something else." Well of course. Who exactly wants to work for 30 years in a meat packing plant?
Once upon a time, I was driving through central North Carolina on a Sunday afternoon when the oil line in my Honda Civic, with 300,000 miles on it, ruptured. Of course, the oil light bulb was burned out so the engine turned itself into one large aluminum nugget. Stuck in the middle of nowhere I walked up the road to find a phone (this was before the days of cell phones everywhere) to call AAA. The first place I came to was a chicken processing plant that was closed for the day. I finally found the plant's single security guard and I had to follow him on his rounds before I could use the phone. I was so repulsed, disgusted and horrified by what I saw in that plant, I didn't eat meat for two years.
So yeah, the Swift Company is right, their employees will move on AND WILL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Those here illegally must move on because they, in the case of the Swift employees, were using stolen identities. If you are using one of those, you need to get a new one frequently because the person you stole it from is going to get a very demanding letter from the IRS wanting to know where the taxes are for those wages the illegal immigrant garnered.
Why is it so easy for mostly White owned companies to hire illegal aliens? My belief is skin color. They hire them, make them work for lower wages, in dangerous jobs and abuse them while they are there for the same reason this has always happened in America - their skin is brown. People of color has a long history of being abused in the workplace and I think this is just a continuation of it.
Corporate America will use any excuse to explain away their actions, they will embrace falsehoods to boost their bottom line and do it on the backs of people who are in no position to protect themselves from predators.