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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?

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  1. 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.

  2. Thanks a million!

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    posted by Abigail
  3. You're very welcome! :-)

  4. Why did some people dislike NAFTA?
    a
    They thought it would be good for the environment but bad for Mexico.
    b
    They thought it would be good for Canada but bad for the environment.
    c
    They thought it would be good for big companies but bad for other people
    d
    They thought it would be good for farmers but bad for other companies.

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