What to do? What to do?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 14.8 million unemployed Americans as of September, 2010. That equates to 9.6% of the workforce. Given that the population of the U.S. is roughly 307 million a rough estimate of the number in the workforce is 155 million, or approximately half the population.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center there were 11.1 million illegal aliens in the United States as of March, 2009. If half of them are in the workforce (and my opinion is that many more than half are) the population of the illegal alien workforce is about 5.5 million.
Ergo, if we didn’t have illegal aliens, there would be 5.5 million jobs available to US citizens. If those jobs were actually filled by US citizens the unemployment rate would drop to about just about 6%.
Yes, I’ve heard it many times: “but Americans wouldn’t take those jobs”. Why not? Beneath them? Too proud? Apparently not too proud to look down on unemployment benefits though. In some cases, apparently not too proud to collect some form of welfare. But too proud to work menial jobs? Please.
So what should be done about the illegal aliens? Expecting the government to ship them all back to where they came from is impractical and unlikely to happen.
How about this?
- If an illegal alien is found to be working, the employer is required to pay the cost of sending them home. Not to the border, home. And the employer is required to provide severance pay – maybe 3 months severance.
- If an illegal alien is found to be living in the United States and is unemployed the government buys them a one-way ticket home and hands them a few hundred dollars to tide them over while they re-acclimate themselves to their native environment.
- In either case, the illegal alien is required to be positively identified: a tatoo in an easily-accessed-but-inconspicuous location (maybe a dot between two fingers or on the sole of the foot), fingerprints, dna sample, retinal scan, etc. No one having been identified as previously illegally resident is ever permitted to legally cross one of our borders again. Anyone previously identified who is found to be present in the US faces an automatic prison (or better yet work camp) sentence. Multiple violations would result in a longer sentence. Anyone having been so identified who is convicted of a crime in the United States gets some sort of enhanced sentence.
- “Anchor babies” is a misnomer in that no status is conferred upon the parents. The child may petition after reaching the age of 21, but practically speaking this is unlikely – if the parents were illegal at the time of the birth they are restricted. However adding the words “at least one of whose parents are United States citizens” to “(a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;” would clear that issue up nicely. In any case, if the mother is illegal, the child must go with her.
- If the employer of an illegal alien is found to be in the United States by virtue of any type of visa, said visa would be immediately revoked.
- Establish a program for illegal aliens to voluntarily return to their homes without legal consequences. Pay for their transportation and give them $1,000 to get on their feet when they get home. They would be required to submit to the identification procedure. The cost to the state would probably be offset in less than a year when you consider the cost of educating their children, providing medical care, etc.
Before you tell me how difficult it is to verify legal status let me point out that merchants go to great lengths to be sure they validate currency. If they didn’t they would be buried beneath a pile of phony money. Difficulty is not an excuse. Being in business is difficult. If you’re not positive, don’t hire.
If there were no employment opportunity as an incentive to sneak across our border the flow of illegal aliens would be diminished so greatly as to be non-existent compared to what it currently is.
Mexico is the greatest enabler of illegal immigration. Its easy to understand why. They offload those who drain their own society by encouraging them to drain ours. Secondly the illegal aliens send billions back to their families in Mexico which provides enormous benefit and untold opportunity for income from corruption. For Mexico its a great plan. For us, not so much.
In some cases we would be doing the illegal aliens a favor. Some of them are slaves to the coyotes who smuggled them in. Some would be able to establish themselves in business with the money they would get. None of them would be suffering the stress which certainly comes from knowing they could be picked up off the street at any time and held for an indeterminate time awaiting processing only to be dumped at the border, in the middle of a war zone far from home.
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