An African American state senator in South Carolina managed to use every stereotype imaginable, to advocate paying immigrants virtually nothing and thereby making legal businesses go bankrupt, all the while believing he was helping the cause of undocumented immigrants.
He recalled to senators that four workers in the country illegally showed up on his lawn and finished mowing, edging and other work in 30 minutes that would take others much longer, and only wanted $10 for the job. He went on to say he recommended the workers to his neighbors, and one local lawn care businessman lost work - a story one senator remarked was hurting, not helping, his case.
Black guys and white guys are going to get out there and do the hard work? No. I'm for America, and America's a country of immigrants," Ford said later when reached on his cell phone. "Everybody in America finds ways to take a break."
Everyone is lazy, so let's ignore the minimum wage. He then said he would apologize, but he doesn't know what for.
This is the sort of thing that distorts the immigration debate. It isn't about "lazy" versus "hard working." Are there jobs so physically demanding and/or seasonal that many people don't want them? Absolutely, but that is not related to laziness.* What the U.S. needs is an immigration policy that encourages hard working people to come legally, which will raise the wages of those physically demanding and lower wage jobs (including lawn care) thus making them more attractive. That in turn will help both businesses and workers. The "us versus them" mentality just makes everything worse.
* On this point, once again I recommend Gabriel Thompson's Working in the Shadows, which I reviewed last August.