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American Unemployment Over Ten Percent - Are Undocumented Workers Part Of The Problem?: Left of Center View

Statistically speaking; NO. Undocumented workers are forced to take jobs that are off the books, under the table, and otherwise unreported to the government. The ten percent unemployment figure represents only those people who have lost their jobs and registered with the government. The real unemployment numbers in this country are likely to be far worse than the 10 to 12 percent being reported.

Undocumented workers live and work in an untracked world and as such are not really part of the statistical reports that pundits use. Sure there are jobs that go to undocumented workers that would otherwise go to legal residents, but the jobs themselves remain unreported.

With all of the various regulations and taxes that are imposed on every aspect of American life it should come as no surprise to anyone that a barter system of sorts has become the norm across the country. We are all guilty of accepting a "cash discount" of one sort or another. Pay the plumber on the books for one job and under the table for another while he's there. Heck $10 to the neighbor's kid to mow your lawn is technically off the books work.

We as a country spend far too much time worrying about an issueís details. We prefer to treat the symptoms instead of the disease itself. Do undocumented workers take jobs away from legal residents? Of course they do. Undocumented workers also send a large portion of their earnings out of the country, but they also spend some of it here. Simply removing them from the equation will not fix the problems unless we hire about 10% of the existing workforce to track, document and process undocumented laborers.


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American Unemployment Over Ten Percent - Are Undocumented Workers Part Of The Problem?: Right of Center View

Well duh! Letís see, Americans donít have jobs and illegal immigrants do so it stands to reason that if the illegals werenít here to do the jobs fewer Americans would be unemployed. If fewer Americans were unemployed then the unemployment rate would go down. So, yeah, the illegal immigrants are part of the problem.

Now having said that I also have to point out that business in its infinite wisdom has allowed itself to become dependent on cheap foreign labor so if we just deport all of them businesses will collapse causing more Americans to be put out of work. So we need them out of the jobs but we canít just yank them out all at once. The question is how do we get Americans into those jobs without breaking the back of business?

Part of the solution has to be taking a hard look at minimum wage laws and the forced unionization of certain low-skill industries. One thing the immigrants have proven is that you can live in America on the salary of a farm worker if you are determined to do so. We donít need to try match wage standards between people picking vegetables and people doing jobs where you actually have to crack a book or two to learn the profession. All jobs are not created equally and therefore all jobs should not be subject to the same imposed salary floor.

If we want to solve the employment problem we need to eliminate minimum wages for workers under 18 and set more reasonable wage standards for older workers doing unskilled work. At the same time we should be making sure our high school graduates are able to do more than pick fruit or flip burgers for a living. After that we can send the undocumented workers packing.

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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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