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Lifting Title 42 Moral Obligation with Economic Benefit

While the same Republican dummies who cried about making soldiers get covid shots claim we still have to maintain pandemic restrictions to keep asylum seekers out of America, businessman John Tsitrian reminds us that we need immigrants to do America’s work:

Less business gets done when labor-short enterprises have to cut back on their services. That holds back our economy.

What’s to blame for the situation? It isn’t worker laziness. As of last month there were 1.7 jobs available for every unemployed worker, leading to just one conclusion:  we don’t have enough able bodies in this country. If every unemployed worker found a job right now, there would still be millions of unpaid positions looking to be filled.

The reason for the imbalance? We don’t have enough immigrants.  CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich cites a study from UC Davis that finds that at the end of last year “there were close to 2 million fewer working-age immigrants in the United States than there would have been if pre-pandemic immigration continued unchanged” [John Tsitrian, “We Need Immigrants to Alleviate the Labor Shortage in This Country. S.D.’s Congressional Reps Should Work on This,” South Dakota Standard, 2022.12.29].

We have a moral and patriotic obligation to let people in need and danger in to our shining city on the hill. In return for our moral and practical assistance, those grateful newcomers will gladly take on jobs, as the folks who’ve come to America before them, that need doing. Let’s lift the obsolete and cynical Title 42, meet our moral obligation as the world’s greatest defender of liberty, and enjoy the side benefit of more willing workers boosting our economy.


  1. John 2022-12-29 09:58

    Yep. And especially so does Noem’s bottom-barrel service economy need immigrants — in her tourism and ag industries.

  2. P. Aitch 2022-12-29 11:36

    Sell Texas to China and move the border to the east side of New Mexico and the south side of Oklahoma.
    We in Colorado absolutely need New Americans and we, as a state, know how to treat them warmly until they get set up with jobs and homes.

  3. All Mammal 2022-12-29 12:13

    It is like knowing the house is on fire. The people inside are frantic and running for their lives, while at the same time, America’s foot is wedged against the door, holding it closed; denying a chance to survive. It is heartbreaking.

    Pope Francis urged the entire world to adopt a family of refugees. I am scared and torn. My ancient plumbing will be shot. Plus, I love my solitude. But they can’t breathe! If my house was up in flames, I pray the door doesn’t get slammed in my face.

    Dummies are not only no-minded. They are also heartless. Ignorant and racist, devil dong worshippers.

  4. Edwin Arndt 2022-12-29 13:31

    Immigration has got to be regulated. A country without a border is not
    a country. From what I have heard and read the USA does not have a
    southern border. This country has plenty of problems of sickness and poverty.
    We simply cannot solve the problems of the entire planet. The present administration
    hardly casts a superficial glance at what is happening at our southern borders. The frustrations
    of southern Governors is understandable. Most countries have an immigration policy.
    We seem to have (de facto) none, at least to the south. Our northern border is
    controlled, as it should be. And so should the southern border be also controlled.

  5. Donald Pay 2022-12-29 14:07

    It’s catchy to say “a country without a border is not a country,” but it isn’t true. Through all of human history, humans have been a migratory species. They settle down in small communities at times in habitats that provide shelter, safety and sustenance, but they tend to move on when they have to. That’s what most of our ancestors did. It’s what Indigenous folks did. Borders are ever-changing, when they exist at all.

    If you look at the Hondurans, Guatemalans and Venezuelans you will notice most of them look quite a lot like the Lakota. That’s because many are at least partly Indigenous. Their ancestors were here before Europeans, migrating from one place to another as necessary. They likely wandered through what is now South Dakota thousands of years before the first Europeans migrated here. If anyone has a right to stay here in this country, they do.

    We are all migrants who live in countries without borders, just like all humans. The borders, where and when they exist, are transitory and artificial. Human are a migratory species.

  6. larry kurtz 2022-12-29 15:06

    Today’s the anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

    It’s time for all Americans to enjoy the protection of law by being part of one nation: erase the artificial borders and grant Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness to all the people of North America…Mexico, Central America, Canada, even the Caribbean if they’ll have us.

    Let’s debate it then draft a dream referendum to be delivered by and for the people of Mexico to dissolve their constitution and petition for Statehood as our 52nd State. Quebec could be the 53rd and Cuba, the 54th.

    I’m not a New World Order guy, don’t support the North American Union (god bless you. please, mr. roddenberry) and I believe the US Constitution is a big enough canvas in order to paint a more perfect masterpiece, a big enough score for all to sing. No violence. No more drug wars.

  7. larry kurtz 2022-12-29 15:48

    Half of all migratory birds in North America move through the Sky Islands in the Patagonia, Arizona flyway on Sonoita Creek and along the San Pedro River.

    Even North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel conspired with the Trump Organization and its henchman, Steve Bannon to defraud the United States. Fisher Industries is a major campaign contributor to Earth hating Republicans like Arizona’s lame duck governor and is being investigated for substandard work on the US/Mexico border.

    Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs is calling the outgoing governor’s actions a political stunt.

  8. Eve Fisher 2022-12-29 16:01

    I grew up in Southern California, and we had immigrants from all sorts of countries. They worked hard, built lives for themselves, bought property, paid taxes, etc. I never thought twice about any of it – no one did.
    And the seasonal migrants that came up every spring from Mexico worked their way across the farms and ranches until the late fall, when they headed back home to Mexico, with money to support their families. And no one thought anything about it.
    Instead, for years, decades, we had food planted, picked, and processed by seasonal migrants, and hard-working family-affirming neighbors from those who stayed.
    What happened? When did so many people decide that “foreigners” a/k/a “brown people” were evil? Who brainwashed them? Because they’re certainly not thinking, just reacting mindlessly. And getting everything wrong.

  9. larry kurtz 2022-12-29 16:13

    Republicans: cops on horseback whipping refugees are heroes.

    Also Republicans: cops who defended the Capitol during Donald Trump’s attempted coup are traitors.

  10. P. Aitch 2022-12-29 16:17

    It seems obvious that Edwin Arndt gets his news from a highly biased, right wing, news source. I listen to a couple hours of right wing talk radio several days a week and his statements are exactly, right wing sourced “talking points”. Not true but they do fire up people with limited access to reality.
    AND, the northern border isn’t as secure as you’re told by the “white right”, Mr. Ed. Those frostbacks are skatin’ ‘cross the river into “merica faster than you can get to the bar in Sisseton.

  11. Edwin Arndt 2022-12-29 16:56

    I get my news from various sources. I form my opinions through my personal
    thought processes.
    Larry, dream on. War has been a pretty much permanent condition of
    mankind. Very sad but tragically true. Fighting over borders, minerals, oil,
    gold, water, and on and on. Or when some ruler’s ego was provoked. Oh yeah, religion too.
    Eve, they came, they worked, and they went home. That’s not what we are
    talking about now.
    I don’t know just which river you are referring to, P., but from Minnesota’s northwest
    angle west to the Pacific there is no river on the Canadian border.
    I don’t believe I’ve been to a bar in Sisseton since we got out of the
    hog business.

  12. larry kurtz 2022-12-29 17:05

    Every federal department and agency already recognize Native America as the 51st State. While the Palestinian homeland looks like holes in the slice of Swiss cheese analogous to the illegal Israeli state, progress toward resolutions of Native trust disputes would have far more political traction after tribes secede from the States in which they reside and then be ratified to form one State, the 51st, sans contiguous borders with two Senators and two House members as there are an estimated 2.5 million indigenous living on reservations.

  13. larry kurtz 2022-12-29 17:13

    5. “Pro-life” is simply code for white people breeding. The extreme white wing of the Republican Party is driving the abolition of women’s rights because they’re wedded to the Great Replacement Hypothesis. African-Americans terminate pregnancies at about the same per capita rate as white people do but don’t take their jobs. Latinas, however, have fewer abortions per capita but the extreme white wing laments it’s hemorrhaging jobs to Latinos.

  14. Mark Anderson 2022-12-29 17:42

    John Dale just volunteered to do all the picking that’s needed. Edwin Arndt has said basically, why bother. By the way Edwin, the northern border is great for drug shipments, nobodies watching. The United States needs to do the long range agenda that Kamala Harris has been pursuing with the countries south of the border. It will take decades but the Republican Party has been against any immigration reform for decades because its their meal ticket every election so Democrats really need to state their case. Make the Central and South American countries stronger so their people don’t have to come to America. Of course it’s not an easy task but it’s necessary to pursue and it will take a long time. Does anyone in the Republican Party even know how a foreign citizen applies for citizenship or get permission to immigrate? They always say those illegals should pursue legal means so what are they?

  15. O 2022-12-29 18:16

    Mr. Dale, implementing a Cloward and Piven strategy has nothing to do with either an open or a closed southern border. Overwhelming the welfare system through mass application can happen either way; this is not some golden opportunity that’s suddenly arisen since 1966. As to ushering in a world government, I don’t see how a universal guaranteed income accomplishes this any faster than a humanitarian crisis at our border does, but feel free to map out that Rube Goldberg progression.

    The true outcome of a guaranteed universal income is a more rational look at our work week and shrinking that to what would truly increase freedom: four day work weeks.

    Larry, Pro-Life is purely that anti-choice rhetoric that keeps that religious zealot wing of the Christian Nationalists on board with the 1% voting block to protect their economic masters’ interests; its the perfect single-issue to get HUGE populations to consistently vote against heir own interests.

  16. Richard Schriever 2022-12-29 22:36

    Edwin Arndt FWIW – there are more Canadians illegally in the US – as a percentage of their home nation’s total population to any country on Earth. there are 100’s of thousands of Americans residing illegally in Mexico. Somethy9inmg like 85% of all persons illegally in the US entered LEGALLY and simply never left when their visa expired. The largest ethnic group of people illegally in San Francisco is RUSSIAN. the “Southern Border problem” is a red herring in regard to the overall problem of undocumented residency in the US.

  17. leslie 2022-12-29 23:07

    It’s all political, but it’s catchy to say:

    “The present administration
    hardly casts a superficial glance at what is happening at our southern borders”

    but it isn’t true.

    It’s catchy to say:

    “The frustrations of southern Governors is understandable”

    but it isn’t true. It’s all theater.

    Thanks, Don,

  18. Edwin Arndt 2022-12-30 08:47

    Musta caught someone’s attention.

  19. Mark Anderson 2022-12-30 18:34

    I think about you all the time Edwin, wonder if your related to Aloysius my old roommate at USD. Nope, just checked he has an E in his last name. Sorry, never mind.

  20. grudznick 2022-12-30 18:54

    You roomed with an Aloysius, Mr. Anderson? That is indeed interesting. Did he have the same artistic bent as do you?

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