Backbreaking work, minimal wages, and likely exposure to hazardous chemicals. Yes, immigrants are stealing our well-sought after jobs.
Consider this: while we’re likely already at peak oil, if the United States were to suddenly reflect the hidden costs of oil production and consumption (like spending $50 billion a year on patrolling Persian Gulf waters, the Iraq war, and supplying Middle Eastern countries with military assistance), a gallon of gas would be over $5.28. Don’t be grateful. Be alert.
The Article: It Is Immoral to Cage Humans for Smoking Marijuana by Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic.
The Text: Under the law in 48 states, here’s what can happen when an adult is thought to possess marijuana: Men with guns can go to his home, kick down his door, force him to lay face down on the floor, restrain him with handcuffs, drive him to a police station, and lock him in a cage. If he is then convicted of possessing marijuana, a judge can order that he be locked in a different cage, perhaps for years.
There are times when locking human beings in cages is morally defensible. If, for example, a person commits murder, rape, or assault, transgressing against the rights of others, then forcibly removing him from society is the most just course of action. In contrast, it is immoral to lock people in cages for possessing or ingesting a plant that is smoked by millions every year with no significant harm done, especially when the vast majority of any harm actually done is borne by the smoker.
That there are racial disparities in who is sent to prison on marijuana charges is an added injustice that deserves attention. But if blacks and whites were sent to prison on marijuana charges in equal proportion, jail for marijuana would still be immoral.
On New Year’s Day, Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use, but now Coloradan lawyers wonder if the taxes and regulation are choking the law’s significance and potential benefits.