Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bush’s Illegal Alien Crackdown Targets Illicit Employers

And that’s a VERY GOOD thing!

I’ve said from the start, there’s no need to round up the estimated 11 million illegal alien, migrant workers, just fine their employers, charge them with felonies after that first (fining) offense and the illicit jobs that draw these illegal alien migrants here will dry up! Those here for those illicit jobs will self-deport and those here for other, more nefarious purposes would stand out that much more and be easier to target and go after.

That seems to be the plan here and let’s hope it’s given a good faith effort, because there’s no way this would fail to correct the situation, so long as it is faithfully followed. As expected Liberal Democrats have opposed this measure and predict gloom & doom over the coming crackdowns.Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA), who has worked closely with growers, described the new enforcement as a “catastrophe.”
“The crisis is that crops will not be harvested,” Mrs. Feinstein said.
Employers in low-wage industries were critical but guarded, reluctant to admit openly that they hire illegal immigrants. Randel K. Johnson, a vice president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, said the measures were “one more kick in the pants” for meat-packing, construction and health care companies that employ immigrant workers in unskilled jobs.
Farmers were even more open to admitting that at least 70 percent of farmworkers are illegal immigrants.
Opponents are going to point to short-term price rises as the reason “America needs these workers,” but that’s utter nonsense.
Illegal immigration COSTS America far more in services, from free emergency room care that’s killing our hospitals to education and social costs to prison costs. Illegal immigration, at the present time, costs EVERY American some $19,000 over each of our lives!

Yes, a select few illicit employers make lots of money off the cheap labor that illegal immigration has provided, BUT (1) those costs have really NOT been passed on and (2) the ancillary costs of illegal immigration far outweigh any price bumps in the products we buy.

Moreover, as prices for produce, etc., go up, U.S. buyers will become a lot more finicky and new pressures will be placed on businesses to come up with new ways to provide better quality at lower prices, as the market ALWAYS does.

Let’s hope this new crackdown on illegal immigration is a sincere one. Eliminating these illicit jobs COULD result in more jobs for Americans (last January when a Swift meat packing plant was raided, Swift responded by raising salaries and instituting “productivity bonuses” and had scores of American workers lined up around the block for those jobs), reduce our social costs tremendously (we’re now paying for free health care for illegals as emergency rooms MUST treat all comers regardless of insurance status) and create another barrier for suspected terrorists!


Mick Brady said...

Right on. Let's hope it works. I've never been able to understand the mentality which enables one to pick and choose which laws are worth obeying. If it's a bad law, change it or get rid of it. If it's a good law, enforce it. This is not rocket science.

JMK said...

No, it's certainly not rocket science at all, Mick.

I think that this has been a case of the interests of a few illicit employers (mainly in agri-business, meat packing and slaughter houses, landscaping, light construction, etc.) being put over everyone else's interests, and lately, over legitimate national security concerns, as well.

Both Party's have taken donations from those interests and they've given the greenlight to illegal immigration - the Dems claim they favor "more diversity," while the Republicans favor "cheap labor."

The regular folks get the short end....again.

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