posted on Nov, 19 2009 @ 11:05 AM
Of course, if the new policy is to lead illegal immigrants to amnesty and naturalization (and as expected, registration as Democrat voters), then the
focus on the workers must change, and DHS/ICE will ignore the potential jobs that Americans would have available.
Arrests of illegal immigrant workers have dropped precipitously under President Obama, according to figures released Wednesday.
Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal
2008 to fiscal 2009.
The figures show that Mr. Obama has made good on his pledge to shift enforcement away from going after illegal immigrant workers themselves - but at
the expense of Americans' jobs, said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the Republican who compiled the numbers from the Department of Homeland Security's
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
Even if you believe that illegals take "jobs nobody else wants," taking them out of the supply will increase demand for legal replacements and, most
likely, under better wages and conditions to make them attractive to people who would have otherwise looked elsewhere.
This also presumes that illegals only fill menial labor positions. Such would be unfounded. Go to any construction site - places of high-wage trades
and laborers. Go to restaurant kitchens and hotel maintenance departments. You will find workers performing tasks that traditionally were filled by
people entering the market or transitioning from one industry to another. Many of these positions are "foot-in-the-door" jobs that lead to more
responsibility, accumulated experience and better wages and conditions.
Nothing that DHS or ICE proposes as alternatives to workplace enforcement will enhance any worker's ability to find and maintain employment, or deter
new illegal immigrants from stepping in to fill new vacancies.