Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:33 AM - LifeNo radio, no TV, had to read the BBC world news this morning to find out about major immigrant protest in Dallas these past few weeks. Basically what we have here is mass protest in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is their bottom line, “We’re here now, and we’re working now, so just let us stay.”
Here are my thoughts on the subject as a native Texan growing up in the “free world.” Immigration is an awesomely wonderful thing. Hell, I toy with moving to other countries my self from time to time, and I know I’d hate to be treated like dirt if I ever got up the gall to do it. Here’s the difference: If I ever decided to jump the All-American boat, I’d suffer the cost and jump through the loops of the man. Visa, Passport, all the T’s crossed and the… lower case j’s dotted. How could I possibly expect to have any rights if I broke the LAW to enter a place? It’s like smashing into a bar and becoming appalled when the bartender refuses to serve you drinks. I understand that life in other countries can be hard; I understand that we have crappy border laws, but we have them for a reason.
Listing to the Bush radio cast from last weekend, he pulled a line that I just loath: “Immigrants are needed because they will do work that other Americans will not.” BULL SHIT. Here’s why: One cannot live on $5.25 an hour. PERIOD. If the local McDonalds paid $10 to flip burgers and take out trash, I’d probably be there right now. If sweeping the sidewalk with a leaf-blower paid $15 to start, I KNOW I’d be there right now. Americans born and raised in America know this, and they seek to become ABOVE this. Illegal immigrants coming here to escape the chains of LESS than $5.25, they see a nice place to make ends meet and raise a family, but with modern Cost of Living that’s a sorry lie built upon outdated American FUD. Ask any citizen what their time is worth, I promise it’s a lot more than minimum wage. The reason those wages are so low? Here in Texas it’s no secret, it’s common practice, illegal immigrants are more than willing to settle for minimum, and sometimes LESS! After all, they are illegal; one is already breaking the law hiring them, so why lose out any more?
So what does this mean? It means that businesses can keep less desirable jobs low wage, fire citizens as they rise in pay rank, and keep on the illegal workers for cheap. The best part is, the government doesn't care! Just an audit phone call every once in a while when too many SS numbers don't add up. Solution? While I don’t agree with it completely, a discussion with my father yielded this cure all: Make hiring an illegal a crime punishable by no less that one year in jail for the company owner, and no less than 2 million dollars in fines for each illegal employee.