Monday, April 03, 2006

illegals

I'm conflicted on the whole immigration thing. But Molly Ivins makes some good points... Specifically, if you want to STOP illegal immigration,
"... here is how to do it: Find an illegal worker at a large corporation. This is not difficult -- brooms and mops are big tip-offs. Then put the CEO of that corporation in prison for two or more years for violating the law against hiring illegal workers.

Got it? You can also imprison the corporate official who actually hired the illegal and, just to make sure, put some Betty Sue Billups -- housewife, preferably one with blonde hair in a flip -- in the joint for a two-year stretch for hiring a Mexican gardener.

Thus Americans are reminded that the law says it is illegal to hire illegal workers and that anyone who hires one is responsible for verifying whether or not his or her papers are in order. If you get fooled and one slips by you, too bad, you go to jail anyway. When there are no jobs for illegal workers, they do not come. Got it?"
Won't happen, though. Allowing illegal immigration is a way for owners of businesses that can't be outsourced to India (for example, restaurant or construction work) to drive down wages by hiring illegals.

Just as is being done in chicken processing plants in Gainesville, Georgia, where despite the complaints of some locals, winks and nods take the place of actually enforcing immigration/work laws.