social studies-Ms. Sue
posted by Abigail on .
"Immigrants have frequently been accused of taking jobs from "real" Americans. Politicians who oppose immigrants often use this as a reason. The problem with this argument is that many immigrants work very hard for minimum (or lower) wage that doesn't attract most other workers."
Is there a specific reason why these politicians like to use immigrants as a scapegoat? Do they do it for power or to be elected or what?
Politicians use immigrants as scapegoats in order to get elected. They ignore the real problems -- such as a minimum wage that most people can't live on -- in order to avoid angering businesses that don't want to pay higher wages. Business lobbies are much more powerful and wealthy than immigrants. Scapegoating immigrants also appeals to other low-wage voters who believe that immigrants are at fault for their poverty.
Thanks a million!
You're very welcome! :-)