- "Democracy is a theory that the common people know
what they want, and deserve to get it- good and hard." -- H.L. Mencken
- DHS-ICE Rounding Up Seasoned Criminal Aliens
- Last week, Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff,
a man for all seasons and obliged to two nations, ordered raids in southern
California that netted 1,200 illegal aliens. Hundreds of them proved
deportation absconders, rapists, murderers and MS-13 gang members.
- After Bush flamed out of the sky crashing-and-burning
in a stunning defeat for the amnesty bill in June he pondered enforcement
of our laws. What a concept!
- While not enforcing our immigration laws for six years
after 9/11, Bush thought he might apply the law to show Americans how desperate
their condition might become without illegals working the jobs that "Americans
won't do." Secretary Michael Chertoff said, "There will
be some unhappy consequences for the economy out of doing this."
- To that I say, sir, "Bring it on by doing
your job and let us decide!"
- Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration
Studies (<http://www.cis.org/> www.cis.org ), said, "Just as
the administration completely misread public sentiment on immigration -
the president appears to have genuinely believed his "I'll see you
at the bill signing" bravado - they're now misreading the likely reaction
to increased enforcement. Because despite the hysterical exaggerations
we can look forward to from some farmers and other employers of illegal
aliens, the produce department of your local supermarket won't be shutting
down any time soon."
- I talked with Krikorian in Washington, DC two weeks ago.
His new book on illegal immigration hits the bookstores next year.
It provides a sobering reality check on the future aspects of continued
- Some enforcement measures can really make a big difference
- "The only reason the White House thinks this gamble
might pay off is that some of the measures announced last week really can
make a difference.
- The complete fact sheet is here, and since it's a public
relations document, it should come as no surprise that there's a good deal
of padding," Krikorian said. "Some of the measures included
are just continuations of current policy (lethargic completion of about
half the border fencing required by Congress by the end of next year, for
instance) are not likely to have major impacts."
- "Attrition through enforcement" a concept
that really works
- One of the most important aspects of creating "attrition
through enforcement" stems from the Social Security "no match"
letters. When employers verify their identification, the majority
"no matches" originate with illegal aliens. ID-theft and
forgeries dominate !
- "The new rule sets out (now on hold, as ordered
by a 9th Circuit federal judge) common-sense steps an employer must take
upon receiving a no-match letter to ensure that he won't be held liable
if the worker turns out to be an illegal alien," Krikorian reported.
"Social Security is now sending out these letters to employers
with more than ten mismatches that make up more than one half of one percent
of its workforce - covering about 80 percent of all mismatches."
- Some employers may fire an illegal whose SS card doesn't
match, but re-hire him off the books. "Employers who do that,"
Secretary Chertoff said, "are making a deliberate decision to compound
their legal difficulties by committing tax crimes as well as immigration
- What does this mean to the illegal? No job! Migrant
Laborers go "home"
- Which means, no way to remain in the United States. When
President Eisenhower created the same program in 1954, within a year, 500,000
illegal aliens self-deported.
- With Bush finally applying the rule of law, the same
"attrition through enforcement" rule applies.
- The free DHS E-Verify system enables employers to check
if a person applying for a job proves to be legal.
- As can be imagined, farmers, roofers, contractors, landscapers,
fast food, house painters, ski resorts and others can yell, stomp their
feet and raise a ruckus but, for the first time in 20 years, they
must adhere to the rule of law. What a concept!
- Lessons-learned; American businesses are innovative and
- When it happened the last time, farmers created new ways
to plant and harvest crops. Krikorian reported, "California farmers
claimed that "the use of braceros [Mexican guest-workers] is absolutely
essential to the survival of the tomato industry." Instead,
termination of the program prompted mechanization which caused a quintupling
of production for tomatoes grown for processing, an 89-percent drop in
demand for harvest labor, and a fall in real prices."
- Krikorian continued, "The same sort of thing happened
half a century earlier, when the textile industry predicted disaster if
child labor were ended. At a Senate hearing in 1916, one mill owner
said that limiting child labor would "stop my machines;" another
said "investors would never receive another dividend"; while
a third said that ending child labor would "paralyze the country."
- The same thing occurred right up until 1865 when slave
states continued their legacy of human bondage. "We won't get the
cotton pickedwe'll lose our farmswe have a right to own slaves."
- 21st Century Slave Traders; employers exploit illegal
- We face high roller corporate slave traders in the 21st
century wielding their power to obfuscate, cloud, deny and ignore a social
wrong. If they could get away with as much slave labor as possible
in 2007, they would continue without blinking. What they don't want
to deal with is: it's unlawful, it's ethically reprehensible, it's immoral
and it's creating a nightmare in every community in America.
- A challenge for the U.S. President and U.S. Congress;
- Mr. Bush, you do your job by enforcing our laws and we'll
honestly find the methods to harvest crops, paint our houses, roof our
homes, process our meat, mow our lawns, build our houses and maintain our
civil society via the rule of law. Let the legal, free market rule
by raising wages to meet the demand in every sector. Innovate to
be cost-competitive. In the final analysis, we'll return to the tried-and-true
employ American citizens at a living wage.
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