Chris Matthews proves once again that he never gets tired of the sound of his own voice. While he's correct that the topic of immigration has been used as a political punching bag by a whole lot of people who are happy with the status quo as long as the fear mongering wins them votes, I don't see how some national ID card that he's pushing for here is going to solve the problem of people being taken advantage of for cheap labor.
The unions Tweety loves to bash and did so again here want to make sure those immigrants aren't being used as slave labor by allowing them to organize. Matthews would rather paint them as part of the problem while he runs his mouth.
Transcript via Lexis Nexis.
MATTHEWS: Well, let’s get back what I think the heart of the issue. And I think we might all agree. The issue’s illegal immigration and how you look at it, politically, culturally, socially, in terms of human sympathy.
Mr. King, Congressman King, wouldn’t a guy or man, a woman or a young guy, whatever, still try to get into America if they thought there was a job here, even if they couldn’t have their kid born here and become an American? Wouldn’t there still be that great draw of a job in America? Isn’t that why people come from?
And if you outlaw the job hiring, the illegal hiring, wouldn’t that be a better way to stop illegal immigration, stop the illegal hiring?
KING: Well, Chris, I’m for doing all things to put an end to illegal immigration in the United States.
MATTHEWS: But we don’t do that. But that’s the main reason people come here.
KING: And this is one of them.
MATTHEWS: No. The main reason people come to the United States is to get a job. And business will not allow us to have a simple I.D. system, where people coming into the country can be checked out by an employer.
If you want somebody to cut your lawn, you say, can I see your card, a simple card, so you’re not breaking the law and that person is not breaking the law? Why don`t we have a simple system like that? I don’t understand it. You can’t get served in this country if you’re not 21 years old. You have to show an I.D. card.
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