180 On Immigration?
After the whole Amnesty mess, attempted by President Bush and the majority of Democrats, your voices were heard. They understand where it is that most Americans are coming from. We are not anti-immigration, we are anti-Amnesty. Rewarding those that come here legally, and punishing those that chose to commit a felony, their very first act on American soil.
The funny thing is, the Democrats TRIED, failing miserably, to blame Bush for this also. It was HIS plan. So what do we see now? Leading up to the MAJOR 08 elections? A full 180 on illegal immigration.
The Democrats have not gone away on this yet. Make no mistake about it. They want Amnesty. But they want to stay in power more. The President still wants Amnesty. But the Republicans want to regain the House and Senate, and retain the White House in 08. So both sides are attempting to blame the other for doing nothing, and both are attempting to show YOU, they are serious about this issue. Of course, you have some in the Mainstream Media still backing the poor little innocent Illegal Aliens.
According to The Christian Science Monitor -American dream falters
The United States is now experiencing a wave of immigration comparable to the largest in its history. More than 1 million immigrants enter the United States legally every year, up from about 300,000 in the 1960s. An estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants also enter the US annually, according to Pew.
Even the more reason for the fence. Even the more reason to start to enforce the laws we have.
The effect this influx has on the pay and prospects of nonimmigrant workers is a contentious issue. Some economists forcefully argue that immigration hurts the poor already present in the country – particularly poor African-Americans. Others insist that the US economy is large enough to accommodate the newcomers easily.
No it really isn’t. Those that hire these people could hire poor Black folks. They could hire poor White folks. They could hire Christians. They could hire Jews. They could hire, oh I don’t know, how about LEGAL immigrants. Why the “need” for Illegal Aliens? Slave labor. Plain and simple.
The AP reported this new crackdown this way. According to the AP -Immigration crackdown worries employers
"It'll just shut us down," said Manuel Cunha, a citrus grower who heads the Nisei Farmers League, a farming group in California's San Joaquin Valley, the nation's most productive region for fruits and vegetables. "It'll just be over if they start coming in here and busting employers. The food chain would fall apart."
The guy all the way on the left is Cunha. Why did you hire so many you KNOW are illegal? Now that the government announces that they will start doing their job, you are worried and are blaming THEM. You did it. YOU put yourself in this situation. How much money do you think YOU made by using slave labor?
Illegal immigrants often give made-up numbers when applying for jobs, though honest mistakes such as the misspelling of a name can also cause problems. Employers say it can take weeks to clear up discrepancies.
The Genius continues.
"This the stupidest thing our government could do," Cunha said. "They're worried about terrorists, but I've never heard of a farmworker walking across the Arizona desert with a nuke strapped across his back."
Brilliant statement. How do you know? I know if we stop them coming, which YES, it can be done, we will not have to worry about that. Then, this guy.
"Employers want to obey the law," said Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, which represents more than 200 farmers. "The question is whether they have the tools to continue operation and obey the law at the same time. That's the catch-22."
You know it’s not that difficult to find out if the person applying for the job is legit or not.
Conservative groups lauded the move, saying it would be welcomed by a population tired of watching illegal immigrants and their employers go unchallenged.
Absolutely. That was what it was all about.
Then you have this from Reuters -U.S. cracks down on employment of illegal immigrants
The Bush administration said on Friday it would increase scrutiny and impose heftier fines on U.S. businesses that employ illegal immigrants as it sought to step up enforcement despite Congress's failure to reform immigration laws.
Employers who ignore immigration laws will face an increased likelihood of criminal charges and 25 percent higher penalties, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said.
Chertoff said the new effort was the most the government could do to fight illegal immigration as long as Congress does not act.
"These are ... not the best tools we can use," Chertoff said at a news conference. "This is kind of a half measure."
It’s a start. The American people are looking forward to see if you actually carry it out.
Now of course you have President Bush seeming to be happy about this. He said.
“Today, members of my Cabinet announced a series of important new Administrative actions to address border security and immigration challenges. These reforms represent steps my Administration can take within the boundaries of existing law to better secure our borders, improve worksite enforcement, streamline existing temporary worker programs, and help new immigrants assimilate into American society.
Although the Congress has not addressed our broken immigration system by passing comprehensive reform legislation, my Administration will continue to take every possible step to build upon the progress already made in strengthening our borders, enforcing our worksite laws, keeping our economy well-supplied with vital workers, and helping new Americans learn English.
I appreciate the work of Secretary Chertoff and Secretary Gutierrez in implementing these important reforms, which will improve our security and enrich our Nation."
You know, this is interesting. First, the Amnesty Bill did NOT have learning English in it. It did not have anything new about workforce enforcement. It was Amnesty. But now maybe we are heading in the right direction. Pelosi said this in response.
"Securing our border remains a top priority for the New Direction Congress. By strong bipartisan majorities, the Democratic-led Congress has already passed tough border security measures this year -- two bills that significantly enhance security at our borders and add at least 3,000 new border patrol agents. After today's announcement, we hope that the Administration will work with Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform."
Translation time “After today's announcement, we hope that the Administration will work with Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform." AMNESTY revisited.
Look, we have to at least give them credit for LISTENING. Why? Because I, and nearly all of you said, "Secure the boarder first, then we will talk about the rest." Well, that is basically what she just said. So I AM open to revisiting this issue, as soon as they show they are actually DOING what they said they are going to do.
The Christian Science Monitor -American dream falters
AP -Immigration crackdown worries employers
Reuters -U.S. cracks down on employment of illegal immigrants