Get serious about illegals , Washington Times, The (DC), 07328494, Feb 23, 2005
Section: LETTERS, pg. A18
Getting serious about stopping illegal immigration, as recommended by Newt Gingrich ("Gingrich urges action against illegals" Nation, Monday), involves two fundamental changes to President Bush's outlook concerning illegal immigration. The first is his willingness to enforce all of our immigration laws. This includes sealing our borders, work-site enforcement and deportation.
It's incomprehensible that 41 months after September 11, 3 million illegals enter our country annually. It's equally incomprehensible that illegal immigration is costing California $8.7 billion annually in unfunded mandates, while those inside the Beltway snooze.
The second fundamental change to Mr. Bush's outlook is having him place a higher priority on the welfare of uneducated and unskilled Americans than on the welfare of illegal immigrants.
It's a myth that Americans won't do hard labor. The truth is that Americans won't live two families in a garage, or 20 in a trailer, and suffer similar indignities just to sell their First World labors at Third World levels. It's bottom-of-the-barrel wages, not hard work, that American workers reject. The labor segment represented by illegals contributes less than 4 percent of our total national output. Illegal immigrants act as subsidies to businesses that employ unskilled workers, holding down labor costs while taxpayers pick up the horrendous costs of providing services to some 8 million to 12 million illegals in this country.
Perhaps the silliest of all the president's euphemisms regarding illegal immigration is his fizz about "willing workers" matching up with "willing employers." In the real world, a "willing worker" is generally a desperately poor, unskilled individual from the Third World seeking almost any kind of work. A "willing employer" is generally a mercenary and conniving firm or individual offering employment to willing workers at nonliving wages and in terrible working conditions. This is a marriage made on the backs of innocent American workers and taxpayers.
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