Bill de Blasio is not going to be your next President. Moreover, he won’t be the Democratic nominee. In fact, his candidacy has largely been a joke. So much so that one network has even taken to calling him a jabroni. However, de Blasio made a very interesting and correct point on illegal immigration that needs to get more attention. The New York City Mayor said the following at a debate in June.
Bill de Blasio on illegal immigration.
“For all the American citizens out there who feel you’re falling behind or feel the American dream’s not working for you, the immigrants didn’t do that to you. The big corporations did that to you. The one percent did that to you,”Bill de Blasio
You may not like to hear that. However, it is the truth. It’s also a very old political game. The elites exploit free or cheap labor, while turning the working class against the exploited worker. Thus the political and social elite escape accountability, while the vulnerable workers are exploited twice. How old is this game?
This same logic was used against freed slaves during reconstruction.
In his historical masterpiece on the Reconstruction Era “The Republic For Which It Stands” Richard White makes the following observation.
“Johnson thought poor whites rather than blacks the real victims of slavery. Slaves had joined with their masters to keep the poor white man in slavery by depriving him of fair participation in the labor and production of the rich land of the country.”Richard White
Obviously, this opinion is absurd. However, President Johnson and many other southerners believed this rhetoric in the 1800’s. If this notion could be sold on slavery, imagine how easy it would be to sell it on illegal immigration. So easy, in fact, that an elitist who profits from hiring illegal immigrants could sell it to his base. Thus, they would hire the man exploiting illegal immigrant labor to fix the problem of illegal immigration.
Hence, under President Trump we see ICE raids on workers, but little to no action against employers who hire them. While Bill de Blasio isn’t gaining much traction, I applaud him for trying to draw attention to this issue. For the rest of us, it’s time to start holding the real culprits accountable. People like President Trump who hire these undocumented workers.