Originally posted by marg6043
Funny how politicians are trying to save illegal immigration any way they can.
That's because it's big business.
Employers get to hire workers for lower wages who can't complain about it for fear of deportation. Many, many workplace restrictions and taxes are
also avoided this way. The net result is lower costs and the ability to undercut businesses that don't break the law (i.e., union shops, etc.).
That's basically the Republican angle.
Meanwhile, social services for illegal aliens amount to big bucks for agencies that provide them, as well as businesses that are awarded contracts for
That's basically the Democrat angle -- although many other kinds of Democrat-friendly businesses also exploit undocumented workers. However, their
union base is furious about being weakened by lower-cost "under the table" competition, which leads to tension within the party.
In other words, the constituents of both major U.S. political parties profit from illegal immigration -- to the tune of hundreds of billions of
dollars a year -- which is why both Democrats and Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouths on the issue.
And why neither really wants the problem solved.
The New Slave Class
Overall, importing a designated underclass tends to profit the overclass, which is why Americans have been doing it since before the founding of the
Every ethnic group has "paid its dues" this way in some form or another, even many English colonists who came to America as indentured servants
(temporary slaves), oppressed religious minorities and exiled criminals forced to work their way up from or stay at the bottom of the socio-economic
The solution to the problem is not persecution and scapegoating of those who enter the country illegally, but eliminating their reasons for coming
here by enforcing the laws employers of illegal aliens are violating and eliminating social services for illegals -- with the sole exception of safe
and humane deportation services.
Also, making it easier for Mexican workers to enter the country legally and work under safe conditions for fair wages in accordance with all
applicable laws would undoubtedly be better for America as a whole.
In conjunction with this, more stringent and rational border security is sensible, and will be much easier to conduct when the flood of illegal
immigrants currently swarming into the country is reduced to a trickle by a new economic reality.
However, this is unlikely to happen, because there's not as much profit to be had in doing so.
My two centavos. Opinions may reasonably vary, and that's what ATS is all about.
[edit on 3/28/2006 by Majic]