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"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?

  • social studies-Ms. Sue -

    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.

  • social studies-Ms. Sue -

    Thanks a million!

  • social studies-Ms. Sue -

    You're very welcome! :-)

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