Saturday, November 22, 2014

If You Like Your Illegals, You Can Keep Your Illegals

Thousands of American businesses-especially "small businesses"--depend upon immigrant laborers to operate at the profitability level their owners desire. These laborers include both legal and illegal immigrants. More often than not, these businesses require workers with low education and low skills. The most common types of employment include farming, landscaping and grounds keeping, construction, house keeping, and janitorial/custodial work.

These are not, however, jobs that Americans will not do. In all of these occupations, the majority of workers are native born.

President Obama announced to these business owners that if they like their illegal workers, they can keep their illegal workers.

Of course, the President made this announcement in starkly different terms.

He opened his remarks with an optimistic view of America as the land of opportunity for all. In this way, he portrayed  his actions as conforming to the best of America's traditions.

"For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities –- people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose."

Of course, for 200 years America experienced a labor shortage, when demand for labor far exceeded the supply. And for 200 years, America had no national welfare system distributing financial benefits to immigrants--legal and illegal--who struggle to make it. And for most of those 200 years, America  had not been suffering through financial crises during which Americans struggled to find employment. So to "welcome" millions of illegal aliens under contemporary circumstances hardly conforms to American tradition. (And why is a progressive appealing to "tradition" anyway?

The President went on with numerous other banal brayings about immigration:

"our immigration system is broken -- and everybody knows it."

Not really, It was never designed to absorb this many immigrants who simply disregard the processes for legally immigrating to this country. Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador that are broken. The leaders of those countries. should be embarrassed that so many of their citizens leave their homeland for the United States.

"All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America."

Apparently not. Scores of activists and politicians excuse the first responsibility of anyone coming to live in America: obeying the laws regarding immigration.

"And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows."

Most undocumented immigrants illegal aliens do not live in the shadows. They show up for work everyday. Most experience little fear of being detected and deported. Maybe they live their lives not quite in the shadows, but in the penumbra, where they can still work but are unable to register to vote for Democrat politicians and apply for federal benefits.

"When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system."

The President manifest no such commitment either as a senator or as president. When his party enjoyed control of both houses of Congress, it spent its political capital on ramming through the ACA, Now they are politically bankrupt and are a legislative minority. Obama must now deal with Republicans.

"I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed."

This crisis is not about skilled entrepreneurs; the issue is uneducated and unskilled immigrants pouring across the border illegally looking for jobs that we may not have for them.

"And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids."

Do these alleged gang members carry cards to identify themselves as gang members? Moreover, a greater problem is illegal aliens joining gangs after their arrival in the United States.

"These people –- our neighbors, our classmates, our friends –- they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life. They came to work, and study, and serve in our military, and above all, contribute to America’s success."

Some come to work; some come to ride. Few, however, are moved by some idealistic notion of "America's success." They work for the success of themselves and their families--even families back home where they send much of their earnings. Most native Americans--save those in the military--give little thought to how their jobs contribute to America's success.

"I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law."

He believes the best way to solve the problem of illegal immigration is to pass a law with provisions that he supports, not one that contain provisions with which he disagrees.

And that is why he issued his new, questionable executive order expanding the scope of his old questionable executive order, effectively excluding perhaps five million illegal aliens from the threat of deportation.

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