A bunch of months back, the a Republican-led panel of the Missouri state legislature released a report saying that abortion is to blame for the high numbers of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. I wrote about the report over at my old pad:
have discouraged Americans from working and have incentivized illegal immigration by leaving the unskilled jobs that Americans are not being forced to fill open to undocumented immigrants. The “logic” goes something like this: the U.S. allows immigration, and undocumented immigration, to fill the menial jobs that Americans won’t or don’t fill. But if there were 40-odd million more Americans (who do not exist because the fetuses that could have become those Americans were aborted), then we could just stop immigration and call it a day.
This ridiculous line of reasoning is not only GOP-approved. DINO Zell Miller is pushing the same crap. And now it’s back again, and this time the BS is coming out of the mouth of certified wingnut Tom DeLay. At the national College Republicans no less. According to Raw Story, DeLay picked up right where the missouri legislature left off:
“I contend [abortion] affects you in immigration,” DeLay told the Washington-area gathering. “If we had those 40 million children that were killed over the last 30 years, we wouldn’t need the illegal immigrants to fill the jobs that they are doing today. Think about it.”
Right. Putting aside for a second the blinding racism of this comment (brown people = scary; white Americans = good), are they seriously contending that those 40 million potential people would be the solution to so-called illegal immigration? Because good ol’ white boys just love those low-paying thankless unstable migrant jobs that undocumented immigrants take. The same jobs that enable them to buy cheap stuff at GOP-friendly Sam’s Club. I guess they’re being forced to shift their rhetoric away from blaming the American “safety net,” which increasingly pales in comparison to those of other countries, and toward the easy scapegoat: women.