My feelings exactly — although better expressed

Here's Debra Saunders on tomorrow's threatened illegal immigrant boycott:

I am one American who will be moved in the direction not intended by sponsors of the May 1 National Day Without Immigrants Great American Boycott demonstrations.

When supporters of illegal immigration threaten to boycott all stores, it makes me feel like shopping. When I see TV reporters interview demonstrators, who announce that they are undocumented, I can only surmise that illegal immigrants have nothing to fear from immigration authorities.

When demonstrators say that Americans should welcome them because they are willing to work at low wages, I notice that they have depressed wages for other low-skilled workers and made it harder for less-educated Americans to earn a living wage. I salute anyone who wants to work hard, but I cannot feel good about the fact that they do so by dragging down other people's ability to earn a decent living.

When I read Mexican American Political Association flyers for the May 1 event that demand "immediate legalization without conditions," that tells me activists don't want the earned citizenship in the Senate Judiciary Committee immigration bill, because it requires would-be citizens to learn English, attend civics classes, pay a fine and back taxes, and pass a criminal background check.

When I read, "no escuela" (no school) on MAPA flyers, and that the Los Angeles Times reported that in Southern California some 40,000 students may have skipped school to join in past protests, I think of the 18 percent of Latino high school seniors who have not yet passed the state exit exam.

When I read, "no trabajo" (no work), I see activists who are ready to stick it to their most potent lobby, American employers, which makes them ingrates.

Then, when MAPA President Nativo Lopez calls for "no employer sanctions and no guest-worker programs," that tells me he wants no laws whatsoever governing who can come to and work in America.

You can read the rest here.

As I've noted in the past, I'm a huge fan of legal immigration, which I believe is one of America's great strengths.  I'm tremendously hostile to illegal immigration, and will second anyone who writes intelligent on the subject — as Saunders does here. 

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  • Kevin

    While I don’t have the figures (but would really like to see the numbers crunched), I heard an interesting argument the other day that this whole issue really boils down to income redistribution from the richer to the poorer.

    Everyone bemoans how much items like lettuce would cost without the cheap (illegal) labor but if one adds in the additional social costs of educating their children, medical care, etc. that the illegal population incurs but usually doesn’t pay for since they exist as part of a pay-under-the-table economy, the cost of lettuce is significantly higher than what we pay at the market. The difference is that this extra cost in social services is ultimately being paid for by taxes on the more well-to-do (i.e. we all get cheap vegetables but only because the additional societal burdens are being born by people who actually pay the majority of the taxes within our “progressive” system.)

  • Presbypoet

    I met with a client today, a legal immigrant. He closed his store because he fears it being damaged by “marchers.”

    The doughnut shop didn’t have counter service today, its Hispanic employees bugged out. I was tempted to tell the owner, working the cash register, that was the consequence of hiring illegals. They used to hire middle aged single white women, so I know there are Americans willing to do the work.

    Build the wall. Increase legal immigration, particularly refugees. Encourage people who want to come and become American. Pay immigrants to learn English; or perhaps pay a bonus, if a migrant can pass an English competency test after one year. If we don’t build the wall, we will pay a terrible price when five American Cities burn with atomic fire because of porous borders. We need legal immigrants. We don’t need illegals used by corner cutting businesses to undercut legitimate businesses.

  • Kevin

    Get paid to learn English?!? How about learn English or you cannot become a naturalized citizen? Or good luck voting or getting any social services because all instructions from now on will only be printed in English. The cost of printing forms in multiple languages is ridiculous and counter-productive as it does not encourage one to learn English.

    I’m pro-immigration for those who wish to become part of America but that includes learning the language. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

  • Ymarsakar

    It’s the bureacracy. The immigration bureacracy is terrible. Extremely costly, extremely confusing, and extremely slow.

    If you just get rid of it, and say “If you can pass this standarized english test, and pass like 3 months of securty checks on your name and family, then you get so and so visas and so and so time in America”.

    That would be so simple. But it’s like a flat tax, you’d have to gut the INS.