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Undocumented Nannies and Politics: Left of Center View

Funny, isnít it how the folks that seem to be screaming the loudest for immigration controls are the same folks that keep getting caught hiring undocumented workers as domestic help. We canít trust ďthese peopleĒ enough to let them into the country, yet the affluent have no trouble letting them into their homes, to watch over their children. That right there should be enough to end this whole debate. Trusting someone enough to let them raise your children for you has got to be the ultimate compliment.

This one aspect magnifies the political nature of the entire immigration issue. It seems that all of the moral and ethical debate about letting foreigners into the U.S. goes right out the window when it comes to our individual choices. We all hunt for bargains. We shop at Wal-Mart and Target, concentrating on the price-tag more than the country of manufacture. Domestic help isnít any different. Gone are the days of the single income family. With both parents working, many families have to look outside themselves for help. And in many cases that means you have to find someone to help care for the children.

For those in the U.S. that are well off but not Sit-Com rich you have to cut corners here and there to live as you feel you are entitled to. Domestic help for many is not just a status symbol, but a necessity for busy families, whether it is a housecleaner who comes once a week or a full time live in nanny. There has to be some level of trust in place for you to let someone into your home, to work unsupervised with your most precocious assets. For the undocumented workers who seek and take this kind of work itís not such a bad system. The work is relatively easy and the pay is generally much better than they could otherwise expect to earn. Both parties have each other over a barrel and all goes well since neither wants to be reported by the other.

The ďdonít ask, donít reportĒ system that has been in place for a number of years around the country has been working fairly well. Well that is for everyone except the government who is trying to find a way to tax wages that ďdonítĒ exist. Folks that have a problem with undocumented workers on the line at, say GM plants in Detroit, donít raise the same fuss paying some friend of a friend $20 to fix the dent in their BMW when the body shop around the corner wants $3,000. Itís not such an atrocity when itís personal. Itís like cheating a little on your taxes. Everyone does it, why should you be the only schmuck that pays full price. Besides (enter name of illegal workers here) is a nice guy/girl and Iím glad to be able to help them out.

Itís a lot like war in that aspect; itís easy to pull the trigger on a nameless, faceless enemy. It becomes a lot harder when you know the enemy. So we enter into this paradox. Illegal, migrant, foreigners, dirty uneducated, criminals who come here to steal our jobs, should be kept out at any cost, but Maria is wonderful. A total joy, donít know how weíd get on without her. Itís hypocritical, but also very human. Which is why, even though in theory it is the same issue, illegal domestic help really isnít seen by the majority of the country as the same as the rest of the illegal labor force.


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

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Drugs and Immigration
The Border Fence
American Immigration Abroad
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy And Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs and Fair Trade
Open Borders and the American Worker
ICE Raids Detain Thousands of Innocent People
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
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




Undocumented Nannies and Politics: Right of Center View

OK so let me get this straight, itís bad for someone to come across the border to pick strawberries for a buck an hour so we can get them cheaper but itís alright for some rich politician to hire an illegal immigrant to clean their house and change their kidís dirty diapers for a couple dollars more per hour. What theÖ?!? This kind of thing leaves me almost at a loss for words. The hypocrisy of our leaders seemingly knows no bounds.

I wish I could say that itís only on one side of the aisle but members of both parties and nominees for the last two Presidents have failed to be confirmed to posts because of hiring illegal immigrants. The sad thing is that even after they admitted to helping illegal immigrants they were not prosecuted or even fined for aiding in the commission of a crime. Itís odd that the people charged with writing our laws seem to have a hard time living by them when it is inconvenient for them. Arenít they supposed to have the moral authority to set down what our laws should be? How is it that they are allowed to break the law without consequence when they stand at the podiums demanding we vote for them so they can bring law and order?

It seems to me that it shouldnít matter if they are here illegally to sell drugs or clean toilets. The simple fact of the matter is that they are here illegally. The specious argument about people not ďbeing illegalĒ is nothing more than a distraction meant to turn attention away from the fact that they are here illegally. No they are not illegal human beings. They are however here illegally which makes them illegal residents of the United States. If you prefer to say they are unlawfully here and call them unlawful residents thatís fitting and fine with me. Miriam Websterís definition of unlawful actually seems to be the most fitting for the situation.

Un lawful:
1 : not lawful : not authorized or justified by law
2 : acting contrary to or in defiance of the law


They can be henceforth called unlawful immigrants. While they are not illegal people they are unlawful residents. In other words, they have no legal right to be here. By being here they are in defiance of the law and thus they become lawbreakers otherwise known as criminals. Again we return to our good friend Miriam Webster for the definitions of crime and criminal.

Crime:
1 : conduct that is prohibited and has a specific punishment (as incarceration or fine) prescribed by public law
Criminal:
1 : one who has committed a crime


The act of residing in our nation without legal status is the commission of a crime and therefore anyone who aids them is also breaking the law as an accessory to a crime. If you donít like it change the law but as the law stands now, they are here illegally so if you hire them or aid in them staying in this country you are a lawbreaker as well and should be punished under the law. Those who write the laws must be held to the highest standards or we lose the moral authority to say that our laws are just and fair. We need to prosecute our leaders more vigorously than anyone else. They should be facing steeper fines and longer sentences for betraying the public trust. Whether we are talking about hiring unlawful immigrants or getting caught driving while drunk, we need to make sure our leaders are no less accountable than anyone else. If we donít our laws arenít worth the paper theyíre printed on.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Drugs and Immigration
The Border Fence
American Immigration Abroad
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy and Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs, Safety and Fair Trade
Open Border Trucking Policies
Unions Defending Illegal Aliens
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
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

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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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