Ritz says that immigrants don't bring crime to our communities: some of America's safest cities are migrant-rich. Ritz also maintains that foreign workers don't take American jobs or cause them to be outsourced. He relates the story of an employer who wired six thousand dollars to three Guatemalan teenagers to pay a coyote to smuggle them into the United States. The employer couldn't find reliable workers in Oklahoma or Arkansas. What does this say about the American workforce?
Ritz argues that in order to reduce the pressure on the border and the high cost of maintaining it, the United States needs to devise a legal way for people to come here to work. Migration, he says, is basically a matter of supply and demand. The United States must decide on an optimum level of migration that will be beneficial to the U.S. economy, then make conditions difficult for anyone with a different agenda.
Thought-provoking, Here They Are, Ready or Not provides readers with everything they need to understand the current situation. It is essential reading for all concerned Americans but it does not need to be read from front to back -- the material does not lend itself to a strictly linear organization. Rather, like a paint by numbers set, a clear picture should emerge no matter how you read it.
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About the Author
The author is an award winning print journalist. He also co-produced and wrote the script for a documentary film, Circus: A Living Tradition that had an 18 month rotation on the Discovery Channel. Circus won a bronze medal in an international competition before going into international syndication.