This is a short one. As we know we have a need for low wage labor. As we know we have a large population full of potential low wage labors. As we know, the Americans who fill that role won’t work like the Mexicans and Guatemalans will for the money that is offered. Heck, most Americans don’t like working that hard period, so no amount of reasonable wage will work. Worse, as my buddy pointed out because of the housing problem, mobility for workers is restricted. People are stuck. I don’t believe that is the issue as much as getting a bunch of slackers and inner city people to work for twelve bucks and hour at hard labor. I mean we are a spoiled nation.
So what to do?
First, as my buddy puts it, you need to separate the arguments. There is immigration, legal immigration, sought by people we need to help run the nation. Those people NEED to get in here as quick as possible. We need as many engineers, doctors and other skilled people to help run the place.
We also need low wage mobile labor that can move from place to place to provide help for farmers and ranchers and other seasonal markets.
However, once again the politicians can’t seem to separate themselves from their greed for power and are trying to use the issue as a way to peel off voters. It is a reality, but is serves no real purpose in solving the problem.
For example, it is idiocy to believe illegals “live in the shadows.” The shadows of what? Free government programs, free public education for their kids, free food, free educational assistance for their college age offspring? Free healthcare? Low taxes or maybe NO taxes depending on how they get paid?
Trust me, they are not living in the shadows. That is the same type of political bullshit mantra that gave us “assault weapons” and “sugar is bad, so we need to ban it.” crap.
Let me share with you my experiences with “illegals.”
First, they are everywhere. Go to a Walmart after EBTs have been refilled and look at who is in the lines. If you yelled “Immigration, Immigration!” and started flashing badges, the place would empty out except for abandoned carts full of food and an occasional toddler left behind by accident because the woman miscounted her six kids, all under eight years old.
Second, and this is a bouncing ball moment here, they don’t want to be Americans. They want our services, our jobs, our money, our safe environment, but they do not want to be Americans. They want to be guest workers and should be. I had a long talk with a Mexican man, who was the foreman of a construction crew I encountered on a traffic stop. After they realized I had no interest in calling ICE on them he relaxed and I asked him why he was here. This is what he basically said to me.
“I have a family in Mexico. I come here for the work. I send money home to my wife. I plan to work here for six years at which time I should have enough saved up to go home and open a bread and breakfast hotel near a resort site. I cannot make enough down there to have my dream, but here I can live cheaply and save.”
This guy was a decent guy, a family man, a Mexican who loves HIS country. But the only way he gets ahead is to come here and work. He sacrifices his marriage and time with his family to someday have a chance to live the dream we all want, but in his own nation.
I ask you this simple question. Why in the hell would this guy voluntarily register himself with the federal government? What is in it for him? Taxes? Rules? Regulations? Restrictions? Criminal violations? Hell he’d be one of us! That would be just dumb!
So, let’s not offer something like that. Let’s simply give them the opportunity to come here and work, as guest workers, no more running across the border at night “muling” dope. You come over, you register as a guest worker, you pay taxes and you save money. If someday that man wants to bring his family here he can, but they are NOT U.S. citizens and do not take part in any programs created for the benefit of U.S. citizens. However, they would be subject to all the protections under the law a citizen would get. In other words, they get Miranda to. They will be responsible for their own healthcare, insurance and licensing and should be able to acquire them on the open market. What they should not be able to do is access government benefits. Also, their time here should be limited and subject to renewal. Five years a pop sounds reasonable. Also, if convicted of crime they are returned home after serving their sentence and not allowed back.
If they don’t register, and the only way they can get them to register, is to cut off the free stuff and employment. No programs, benefits, free education for the kids or anything like that should be available to them. No way to make a living without showing that guest worker card. That will make many come out or go home. Make it known if they get caught unregistered and they are sent back, no questions, no hearing, no trial, just a bus ticket south. They get home, register and then come back. It’s not I don’t want them here, I just want them known to us.
Then there is the third individual. The person who comes here and declares they want to become a citizen of the United States. That person’s path may resemble a guest worker in some ways initially, but will diverge at a given point. The benefits of a person on the tract for citizenship would be something along the line of educational support, a quicker process and other things we offer people we want to become permanent producers in our society.
But you would have to make it very clear you are cutting out a certain segment of society and identifying as unique from the rest of the nation. You will have citizens, you will have guest workers, and then you will have those who want to work their way towards a citizenship. There is nothing wrong with this approach, except it may not gander enough voters for one party or the other, which means it will never see the light of day.