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On ND radio show, Paul Ryan just said immigrants want jobs, not citizenship. "We don't want to push people into citizenship."— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) July 18, 2013
First of all, he has a point—Mexicans working in America don't want to be Americans any more than Americans working in Saudi Arabia want to be Arabs, or Americans working in France want to be Frenchmen. They're soujourners, who will go back to Mexico to retire. If they die in America, they'll have themselves sent home to be buried. For all these people,
The work permit is the amnesty
That's as far as illegal immigrant are concerned, but how do Republican legislators feel? Well, in the words of Territorial Governor William J. LePetomane, in the movie Blazing Saddles, their attitude is:
We've gotta protect our phony baloney jobs!
Yes, Ryan's plan of legalization without citizenship will protect the jobs of Republican legislators from new, Democratic leaning citizens—while leaving every other American working man and woman hanging.