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Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?: Left of Center View

In the late 1930ís when the Japanese invaded China, the New York Times reported that over 200 non-combatants had been killed in the early waves of the invasion. The Japanese were call ďsub-humanĒ and barbarians for such atrocities. Yet in March of 1945, American B-29s conducted the single most destructive conventional bombing raid in history, dropping approximately 1,700 tons of bombs, mostly napalm, on Tokyo, a city constructed primarily of paper and wood. Nearly 100,000 people are estimated to have died during the bombing and resulting firestorm. Tokyo was not Americaís only target, 66 other cities bombed with devastating effect. Toyama was the hardest hit with 99% destroyed, more damaged than either Hiroshima or Nagasaki were in the Atomic raids in August of 1945.

The argument goes that the Japanese would have fought to the last and that the bombing saved millions of American lives, and it probably did. Still there were no Americans of German decent put into containment camps. And while there was public sympathy for the citizens of Dresden and Berlin, public opinion was that the Japanese pretty much got what they deserved, after all they werenít a Christian nation.

And there it is; Japan wasnít a Christian nation. So while exaggerated caricatures of Hitler and Mussolini were common in the popular media, German and Italians were not vilified en masse. The Japanese were. Take how the American media currently depicts the Arab / terrorist. Itís an exaggerated stereo-type that dehumanizes a populace based solely on their exterior appearance. It also makes hundreds of these ďevil-doersĒ dying every day palatable to the American people, just as 60 years ago it was all right to slaughter the cartoon Japanese by pouring gasoline on their rice-paper homes.

So what in the world does all that have to do with undocumented workers? Itís simple, as long as we continue to see people not as human beings, but as cartoon stereo-types, we can treat them as such. Most Americans canít fathom the living conditions these people are fleeing. Floods, famine, extreme poverty, thankfully these are not common to the American experience.

To experience the American dream, thatís why people keep coming, to work three jobs, living 15 to a room. Still they come, just for the possibility of a better tomorrow. They come to this country and allow themselves to be exploited by an economic system that gleefully does so from top to bottom. Hey, if big business didnít want undocumented workers in this country they could easily put a stop to it. Theyíre the ones who hire them. But the savings in lower wages, not having to pay benefits or over-time is too tempting. So big business wins in this situation. When big business wins it usually means the little guy gets screwed. Only this time instead of getting mad at the people responsible, Americans are holding the victim responsible. Weíre mad at the undocumented worker whose biggest crime was being born on the wrong side of an imaginary line between countries and making the decision to try for something better than was possible where he came from.

As long as we continue to see what they want us to see, we will continue to do what they want us to do. Undocumented workers must pose a clear and present danger because the president said so. If we let them into America the terrorists will undoubtedly win and every day will be like 9/11. Clearly, the only solution is to bomb Iran.


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Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
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National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
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Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?: Right of Center View

How can one answer a question like that? Does anyone win? Iím sure the tax evading crooks who hire them think they win. Probably the lawbreaking illegal immigrants think they win. I know the American workers certainly donít win. Our economy doesnít seem to be winning. So in the general sense, I canít tell you who really wins but I can certainly talk about the losers in this equation.

Every time an undocumented worker is hired to work in this country, some American is left without the opportunity to do that job. There is no denying that simple fact. Some argue that the jobs that they fill are jobs that Americans donít want but that argument fails to hold water. Ask the Louisiana natives who came back after Katrina to look for work rebuilding their homes and communities only to see undocumented construction workers doing the work already if they wanted those jobs. Ask the professional landscapers who have gone out of business because they followed the rules and hired Americans and then couldnít compete with the companies who hired illegals if they wanted the jobs. The argument that Americans donít want the jobs is bogus.

There is also the lost revenues issue that accompanies workers working ďunder the tableĒ because they donít have Social Security numbers and therefore donít pay income taxes. In addition to not paying income taxes, they donít add to the Social Security trust fund or pay State taxes or State disability insurance keeping the system more solvent for everyone. Other than sales taxes for whatever money they donít send back home to their families outside of the U.S. they donít contribute to the upkeep of our nation. They donít pay for the roads or bridges or help reduce our national debt. They do however receive the benefits of the working roads and bridges and enjoy the safety of being protected by police and fire services as well as the military they didnít help to pay for. They donít pay for the county hospitals but they certainly use them. They donít pay for the schools but their kids go to them.

In my view we all lose when undocumented workers come to America. We all lose when anyone comes to America illegally. It undermines the system of laws we have in place and therefore weakens the rule of law overall. There are career criminals who come to America illegally with the sole intention of breaking our laws and taking advantage of our people. Gang members and drug dealers from across the border who could not come here legally come into our nation and cost us more than just money. We cannot have people thumbing their nose at our laws as their first act in America and welcome them with open arms regardless of their reasoning for coming. We are a nation of LEGAL immigrants and we are a nation of LAWS!!

Nobody really wins when undocumented workers come to America. The immigrants who do come here to work are exploited; undermining the gains made by workers in this country to improve working conditions and provide for equitable pay. If we start turning a blind eye to workers being paid below minimum wage and being forced to work under horrific conditions we damage ourselves in the process by making the conditions they work under and the substandard wages they receive acceptable. Itís time to make everyone follow the laws and work on reforming immigration laws to stop the traffic of illegal immigrants across our borders and provide for the workers needing work who already live here. If we do that then everyone will win.

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NAFTA and the Election

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How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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