They are stealing our jobs or they keep wages low, or better yet, U.S. workers are willing to do the work are the rallying points behind keeping Mexican workers out of the country. The problem is that none of those arguments are true, but that does not stop anti-immigrants from uttering them, or demonizing Mexican workers. The Republicans, who have been better for immigrants, allow their ultra-right brethren to argue for closed borders and the Democrats, although they pretend that they are for immigrants’ rights, secretly lobby to keep them out on behest of their labor union base. In the end, the Mexican immigrants, toiling in the fields to keep food on American tables, are demonized and persecuted.

I’d be ok with the argument that the country would be better off without Mexican immigrants. I may not agree with it, but I have no way to change it legislatively. What infuriates me is the hypocrisy of the rhetoric of scapegoating Mexican immigrants.

Take for examples, Republican Arkansas Sen. John Boozman.

Boozman’s office issued a statement on July 6, 2016 arguing that the government should strengthen laws protecting citizens from undocumented immigrants. Boozman blamed the Democrats for their lack of support to strengthen immigration laws for sanctuary cities and other immigration measures.

On his website, under “Immigration Reform & Border Security”, Boozman states:

“While national security must be the top priority when reforming our immigration system, the economic security of American citizens must also be protected. That is why I support efforts to hold employers accountable to ensure they are hiring legal workers and oppose efforts to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants.”

John Boozman voted “yes” on HR6061 on September 14, 2006 to build a fence on the U.S.-México border. Boozman also voted on a legislative measure to prevent the U.S. federal government from notifying the Mexican government about the activities of the vigilante anti-immigrant group, the Minuteman Project. The Border Patrol had routinely notified the Mexican government about the location of Minuteman Project members along the border. Boozman has argued for a “sealed border” between México and the United States and is a staunch supporter of no amnesty for undocumented immigrants and making English the official language of the nation. Boozman also signed HR1868, seeking to end birthright citizenship.

Clearly, John Boozman is anti-immigrant. As an elected legislator, Boozman has the right to seek anti-immigrant legislation. Many of you would applaud him for this.

Except, that when it comes to helping his friend with Mexican immigrant labor, John Boozman exposes both his hypocrisy and his duplicity.

Yesterday, The Daily Caller published “EXCLUSIVE: Emails Reveal GOP Senator Lobbied For Mexican Foreign Workers On Behalf Of Friend”, by Alex Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer’s article details how Rebecca Caldwell, a Boozman staffer, emailed the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon “to ask for 80 workers needed for a farm in Arkansas.” According to The Daily Caller, Gillam Farms of Arkansas needed Mexican workers urgently. This was on May 28, 2015. Since then, Boozman has been very vocal about supporting Donald Trump’s travel ban and tighter immigration measures.

The Daily Caller goes on to explain how in 2015, the owner of Gillam Farms said his farm would “die” if not enough immigrant workers could be brought in to help the farm. Jeremy Gillam referred to the Mexican laborers as “professionals” and as “phenomenal at what they produce.”

Boozman’s effort to seek foreign workers for his friend’s farm exposes not only the duplicity of the immigration rhetoric, but also the lack of knowledge about the immigration process that most anti-immigrant proponents demand immigrants immigrate “the right way.” The email seeking the workers from Boozman, referred to an I-129 immigration petition. The I-129 is for making changes to a temporary work visa, such as the H2-A visa that Mexican workers would need to legally work in the farm. In essence, Boozman was asking the Consulate to issue a document that does not convey any legal status on the holder on its own. The H-2A visa would allow the Mexican worker to enter the country for a specific set of time to work on a specific agricultural location. For example, Gillam Farms would request that H2-A visas be made available to foreign workers. The foreign workers apply for the job and the corresponding visa. If approved and hired, they would be issued a H-2A with specific limits on time and location for work. The I-129 would only enter the equation if the worker needed to make changes, such as extending the work period or delaying the start of the harvest, to an existing H2-A visa holder. Only the H2-A visa conveys the authority to enter the country and work in the farm.

Although the lack of knowledge bothers me, it is the hypocrisy of seeking Mexican workers for a friend’s farm that drives me crazy. It starts with the notion that there are U.S. workers willing to do the job and continues to the notion that Mexican agricultural workers should come to work “the right way”.

John Boozman demands stronger border security and an English-only country, but has no problem using Mexican workers for make the country better. It is hypocrisy at its worst. Just like Donald Trump demanding that U.S. companies hire U.S workers and build widgets in the country, while Trump uses foreign workers at his resorts and manufactures his widgets in China.

It’s the hypocrisy that infuriates me!

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

7 replies on “It is the Hypocrisy About Immigrants That Infuriates Me”

  1. ‘Amerik³a’ thinks that the Mexican immigrants are to be exploited for its needs and discarded like ‘lesser’ beings.

    They are wanted for some of the hardest, most toxic, and underpaid work. Why not provide in this ‘visa’ the option for these immigrants to have a path to citizenship or residency of they choose?

    Below is a link to a story of what happened to some Mexican immigrants after WWII. Woody Guthrie wrote a poem to them. Some of the words from “Deportee” follow:

    “Some of us are illegal
    And others not wanted
    Our work contract’s up
    And we have to move on
    Six hundred miles to that Mexican border
    They chase us like outlaws
    Like rustlers, like thieves”

    Bastard ‘Amerik³a’.

    Yous all might also want to check his poem of our monarch’s father: “Old Man Trump”.

  2. Another journalist whacked in Mexico. that gentle paradise of liberty and economic opportunity to the south.

  3. But hypocrisy is the republican way. Theyre all about family values which is why they voted for a serial afulyeror like trump. They are pro life but love the death penalty. They claim to be fiscally conservative but vite for trump who us running the secret service budget into the ground so he cal play golf in fla and his grown kids can travel with their boyfriends to europe. They now claim not to be racists and care sbout hustory and monuments to individuals who tried to destroy the country. They are for states rights and smaller gov and are trying to pass federal legislation ordering cities what to do with immigrants. So transparent

    1. theresa
      The Fascist Democrats have their whole train load of hypocrisy to in addition to at least a couple of fully loaded super tankers!
      Pati has came fully out of the closet with her fascist left wing non-sense and hatred of America!
      Then again we get it no laws the left wing fascists do not like applies to them and how dire any one wanting to enforce them to be followed by fake outrage and the throwing of the race card of course!

  4. Incredible off the lies posted. Let’s be clear Clinton, JFK, Roosevelt had mistress(es). Obama and his had many public anger and annoyance because of his flirtations. There are many Democrats that support the death penalty and unexplainable is Democrats especially Hispanics that don’t like abortions and state it privately but support abortions in public. Abortions can be avoided by telling the boyfriend to spend a dollar for a condom ! Or there is something wrong when the woman believes the same bs everytime and has several babies It is a total lie that Trump bankrupt the USSS. Every single administration experiences the same budget issue. We won’t even get into the family travel issues. And there were any boyfriends traveling Trumps family. They were spouses.Pelosi abuses the system by requiring a larger aircraft because of the non official entourage. Almost weekly to California and DC. The confederates were designated by congress, in 1957, to be US veterans with full honors and benefits. Btw, there two confederate veterans alive in 1959. It’s ok to forgive Germany, Japan, Viet Nam and even the 1960s terrorists that bombed colleges, assassinate police officers, etc. Or we should honor Pancho Villa because he attacked Columbus NM. Are to follow the nonsense and disintern confederates in Concordia and the former German and Italian POWs in the FT Bliss National cemetery.

  5. Now for the work issue. I agree that immigrants do a lot of the undesirable jobs like picking fruit or veggies. But there are low income Americans that follow the crops. Also Immigrants because they do quality work at low pay are chosen over Americans. I can remember seeing Americans seeking day work fighting with immigrants for the same jobs.In order main competitive they had to accept lower pay. So there are good and bad jobs that all people have to compete for. The majority of the workforce works for a lot lower pay to the point our citizens can’t compete. Why pay Henry a lot of money when Juan will do it for less.

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