April 18, 2006
U.S. Employers Actively Recruiting Illegal AliensTopics: Immigration and Border Issues
Three million illegal immigrants come to American towns to work each year. (CBS)
Apparently a growing number of U.S. employers in need of cheap labor are turning to illegal workers to recruit friends and relatives back home, and to smugglers to find job seekers. A Mexican think tank director in Tijuana even claims that it's clear who now controls immigration, that it's the market, not governments. And if you think that's disgusting, think about this - it's become worse since 9/11:
Darcy Tromanhauser of the nonprofit law project Nebraska Appleseed said companies in need of workers rely on the underground employment networks to "pass along the information more effectively than billboards."So in effect, employers are acting without concern for America's laws and with no regard for our national security and interests, while helping to rape the nation so they can make more profit.
"It started out more explicitly, where [meatpacking] companies used to have buses to transport people to come up, and they would advertise directly in Mexico," she said. "Now I think that happens more informally."
At the same time, it has become less risky for companies to recruit illegal aliens. Since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, U.S. prosecution of employers who hire such workers has dwindled to a trickle as the government puts its resources toward national security.
The few cases that are prosecuted, however, highlight how lucrative a business recruiting undocumented workers has become.
In one case, a single smuggler purportedly earned $900,000 over 15 months placing 6,000 migrants in jobs at Chinese restaurants across the upper Midwest.
"Helping to rape the nation" sound a little strong for purposefully using illegal aliens, you say? Think again. Although the whackos among us that support illegal immigration claim that the illegal aliens that invade our borders "contribute to our economy", this simply isn't true. While they do indeed pay some taxes, the cost of having them here far outweighs any taxes collected:
Immigration is a net drain on the economy; corporate interests reap the benefits of cheap labor, while taxpayers pay the infrastructural cost. FAIR research shows "the net annual cost of immigration has been estimated at between $67 and $87 billion a year. The National Academy of Sciences found that the net fiscal drain on American taxpayers is between $166 and $226 a year per native household. Even studies claiming some modest overall gain for the economy from immigration ($1 to $10 billion a year) have found that it is outweighed by the fiscal cost ($15 to $20 billion a year) to native taxpayers."And that's just Mexico. If you can handle getting really disgusted, check out the 2004 State-by-State Analysis of US Remittances to Latin America, and realize that it's certainly gotten worse, not better, since then!
$60 billion dollars are earned by illegal aliens in the U.S. each year. One of Mexico's largest revenue streams (after exports and oil sales) consists of money sent home by legal immigrants and illegal aliens working in the U.S. Economists say this will help Mexico reduce its $17.8 billion defecit and may bolster the peso. $10 billion dollars are sent back to Mexico annually, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, reported in an Associated Press article, up $800 million from the previous year. ($9 billion dollars were previously sent back annually, according to a September 25, 2002 NPR report). That figure equals what Mexico earns annually from tourism. This massive transfer of wealth from America - essentially from America's displaced working poor - goes directly to Mexico.
"In the NAFTA era, a staggering 87 percent of Mexico's imports go to the United States, while Mexicans living in the United States send home more than $8 billion annually. [Mexican President] Fox has said he considers his constituency to include the 22 million to 24 million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States. Mexican candidates now make campaign stops in U.S. cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Fresno, Calif."
Interestingly the answer comes from supporters of the illegals aliens, who say what most of us already know but apparently escapes the political agendas in Washington D.C. Migration activists say that in order to make a real dent in the network, the U.S. government would need to go after employers or make them pay the costs of legalizing workers.
I know what you're thinking already - you're scratching your head and asking yourself why in the hell our federal government has failed so miserably in protecting our borders and allowing this situation to occur.
Okay, I'll play along - so why is it that our politicians play political football with our national interests while millions of illegal immigrants flood our country and drain our resources? Like you, I'm still waiting for answers from our politicians, who are certain to hear from all of us in November, many for the last time.
Prepare to get more disgusted, and ask yourself just how is it that government can rationalize this as proper use of your tax dollars - and this is but one of many examples: "Funding Illegal Activity: Your Tax Dollars at Work"
Posted by Richard at April 18, 2006 6:25 AM
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