(This FEATURED QUESTION stuck here for few days. Please scroll down for other material)
Time and again, we hear the following: "These hard-working immigrants do the work that Americans will not do."
President Obama has characterized immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants, as "workers who pick our fruit and make our beds." As if those are the only tasks undertaken by illegal immigrants!
The fact remains, however, that illegal immigrants do a great deal of unskilled labor of all types as well as certain types of skilled labor (carpentry, masonry, automotive repair, warehouse work, taxi drivers, etc.).
Many Americans do hire immigrants to do such work, and those immigrants are often illegal. According to what I see every day, immigrants — legal or otherwise — appear to be the largest portion of the labor force here in the United States.
Before responsing to the FEATURED QUESTION below, also consider the following: Businesses to receive incentive for hiring illegal immigrants, report says. Does that kind of special treatment foster a level playing field?
FEATURED QUESTION, in three parts: (1) Is it true that Americans will not do certain jobs? (2) If so, why won't Americans do certain jobs? (3) Is there a viable, affordable alternative to a labor source composed mostly of illegal immigrants, who often are willing to work at a much lower wage than other workers?