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Employing Undocumented Workers: Left of Center View

Illegal aliens, sure remove them from the workforce. By all means, do it. They aren't supposed to be here, they are breaking the law so send them home until they can complete the immigration process legally, but do it across the board. Every one working in the U.S. without proper documentation should be returned to their country of origin.

Funny thing is that when you look around many of people arguing against this policy are not the immigrants themselves. Sure, because if the immigrants came out and complained or tried to tell their side of the story they would face immediate deportation. This is exactly why big business needs them here. It's basic economics. To compete with companies located outside the U.S. who have no restrictions on how they exploit their workforce you need a workforce of your own to take advantage of.

Sure you can avoid the issue to some extent by contracting out to foreign factories unhindered by labor or environmental regulations like China, and you can go further and outsource as much as possible to India, with the added bonus that your customers will get so fed up with the process that you can eventually eliminate customer service all together. But who will clean your toilet. You certainly don't want to do that yourself, and good luck finding an American willing to do it for five bucks an hour. Besides anybody that you could legitimately find to do the job at that price would probably do a bad job anyway.

This is exactly the dilemma the agricultural industry finds itself in. To pay their workers what they should, and to give them the benefits they deserve, they would have to raise food prices, and not just a little but a lot. So we all agree to look the other way, and hey bonus they fix cars, mow lawns and do windows as well.

So if you really want to end illegal immigration get ready for a huge lifestyle change. Like a tumor, this situation has been allowed to fester to the point that there is no easy fix. But were coming up on primary season, so let's just slap a Band-Aid on it and hope it goes away.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration





Employing Undocumented Workers: Right of Center View

This one should be a no-brainer but it seems like some people just donít get it. If we stop hiring them, theyíll stop coming. No jobs, no reason to come to America.

Employers that are hiring undocumented workers are taking money out of the tax base if they hire them under the table, which is bad for America. They are creating a security risk at the borders by giving an incentive to the people from other countries to come here thus distracting the Border Patrol from dealing with the more potentially dangerous people trying to sneak into the U.S. They are taking jobs away from Americans by giving them to people here illegally. All of this they do so they can make more money. Sure they claim that if they have to hire Americans things will cost more but is it really true? Wonít market forces dictate how much items cost?

Itís interesting that the businesses that claim to have to base their prices on market forces of supply and demand would claim that the laws of supply and demand would suddenly not work if they stopped having cheap labor. There might well be an increase in prices but only as much as people would be willing to pay. Profit margins might get slimmer but prices would not exceed the amounts that people could afford to pay because they would stop buying and competition would kick in to bring prices down to levels that the buying market could handle. Itís a specious argument that getting rid of undocumented workers would cripple the economy. Americans would do the jobs. The employers would have to pay more for the work and find ways to do it more efficiently but it would get done and prices would only rise to the level that the economy overall could support. Otherwise the goods would not get sold at all and that would drive the employers out of business. Thatís not going to happen. Business always finds a way to make things work eventually. It might even spawn the creation of those worker robots we all read about in the futuristic comic books when we were kids.

So we should crack down, put employers who hire undocumented workers in jail and make the job market inhospitable to undocumented labor. Make the penalties worse than losing the profits, enforce the laws and employers will stop hiring them. When we have 0% unemployment in America and all of our convicts are producing something while living on the taxpayers dime, then we should begin talking about importing labor. Until that day comes, we should not be hiring people that are not in this country legally to do anything.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Last Week's View from the Right: Bilingual Education

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

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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