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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Yet Another War

From the looks of things, it appears that the U.S. is going to be using the same tactics in the War on Illegal Immigrants as they use in the War on Drugs. If so, the results are going to be similar: destruction of families and communities, overwhelmed judicial systems, and no progress made against the root cause of the problem.

It doesn't appear that the government is taking any action against Swift for employing illegal immigrants. No huge fines for every illegal immigrant they find. Instead, the government is going after the immigrants themselves, destroying families and homes. But Swift will simply replace the workers hauled away with fresh illegal immigrants, and nothing will change.

Swift is providing the demand for illegal immigration, like addicts provide the demand for drugs. From time to time, the government goes after the suppliers (dealers and illegal immigrants), but after engaging in some token enforcement against them, more supplies come in to fill the gap created by the demand. In the end, all that really changes is that jails get more crowded and we spend more time and money locking up people who are trying to make a living fulfilling that demand.

But I wouldn't expect anything else from the current administration. It is despicable, heartless, and par for the course.


At 1:31 AM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Chris said...

I don't agree, exactly. I think these raids might be aimed more towards building Congressional support for a guest worker program. Listen closely to what Chamber of Commerce buttboys like Norm Coleman say about the issue. All a guest-worker program really does is make Swift's currently illegal hiring of low-wage, zero-rights workers legal. But it would stop the raids and the breaking up of families, wouldn't it? That's the solution sensible "get-it-done" centrists like Norm are for, right?

At 4:44 AM, December 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The War on Illegal Immigration is far too political for it to be effective.

The War on Drugs, Poverty, and Terror are political battles not ones withmuch backbone.

To solve the issue of illegal immigration the United States is going to have to do it through tougher immigration laws as well as economic incentives and penalties.

The illegal immigrant should only be given basic humane rights, nothing more nothing less. Just because they are in this country does not mean they have earned our Rights.

Companies who hire illegal immigrants must be punished severly.

But at the same time we must find a way to balance the influx of immigrants with Free-Trade.

There is no simple answer, but to defend an illegal action is not right.

At 3:00 PM, December 29, 2006, Blogger Freudian Slip said...

You make some excellent points. We need to hit this problem at the source, not by destroying individual lives.

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