Thursday, March 08, 2007
Dobbs Correct on Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
his new Congress was supposed to be different. Instead, it is being led by a gaggle of partisan hacks pandering to the same special interests and corporate masters as the previous Republican-led Congress.As long as the corporations have cheap labor available and the rich have low cost lawn care and domestic help, they don't care about the rest of us. The old line of "they do work Americans won't do" is baloney. It's the wages, not the work. Illegal aliens are paid wages below the going rate or even below minimum wage. Few Americans will work for those wages.
So-called comprehensive immigration reform legislation is about to take a privileged position on the Democratic agenda in the Senate. It will likely succeed, just as it did in that august chamber last year, when 38 Democratic senators sided with the president to pass the bill and tried to slam amnesty down the throats of the House of Representatives and their 300 million constituents.
And the now Democratic-controlled House is likely to embrace rather than combat the lunacy of amnesty.
The same characters are already shoveling the same nonsense that overwhelmed reason in the Democratic Party and the Bush administration last year. Front and center in their march to madness: The bill's sponsor, Senator Ted Kennedy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force Rep. Luis Gutierrez and House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren.
Latinos are taking over jobs in the construction industry.
two out of every three new U.S. constriction jobs went to Hispanic workers, the center said.As I remember, there used to be plenty of Americans working in the construction industry. It's a safe bet the undocumented immigrants, the polite, schizophrenic term for illegal aliens, are paid significantly less the American workers had been thus lining the pockets of the construction companies and the owners.
Undocumented immigrants accounted for about two-thirds of the increase in recently arrived Hispanic workers, the center estimated.
depressing house values (living 20 or 30 to one house), and taking the cheapest jobs around, (this is also a problem in the UK too)
I love immigrants. Love them. Their work ethic is spectacular, and they do the jobs they are supposed to do correctly. (Just like most American-born folks I work with!) I don't begrudge anyone who comes here looking to make a better life for themsevels. I can't get mad at them for coming here and working here when there's no real mechanism stopping them. 'Tis better to ask forgiveness than permission,' indeed.
I can't even get really mad at businesses who hire illegally in order to keep up with the competition. Invisible hand of the market meets incompetent hand of indecisive policy.
Those who make and enforce the laws incompetently, however, I can take serious issue with, because when they aren't on their jobs, they cause problems like this.
I've worked alongside more folks than I can count who are here under both legal means and of dubious entrance. But if we can't even enforce the laws on the big retail companies, food production factories and corporations where we know shenanigans are going on, we will never be able to get a handle on it in the anarchic system of employment that dominates the American construction and foodservice industries.
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