Friday, August 19, 2005

Planet Today Show Gets a Reality Check

LAUER: Don't get me wrong, I think you're probably telling the truth, but there might be a lot of people at home wondering how that might be possible with the conditions you're facing and with the insurgent attacks you're facing... What would you say to people who doubt that morale could be that high?

CAPTAIN SHERMAN POWELL: Well sir, I'd tell you, if I got my news from the newspapers I'd be pretty depressed as well.....

For those of us who have actually had a chance to get out and meet the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police and go on patrols with them, we are very satisfied with the way things are going here and we are confident that if we are allowed to finish the job we started we'll be very proud of it and our country will be proud of us for doing it!"

(video available: Windows Media and Real Media)

HAT TIP: Chrenkoff, Mudville Gazette, Eco9er


Addressing the Illegal Problem

The declaration of a state of emergency by the governors of New Mexico & Arizona, both Democrats, speaks volumes of the extent to which this problem has ravaged our nation. The solution that many politicians, both Democrat & Republican, are proposing is that of guest worker programs. Yet polls show that a majority of the American public, including a sizable number of the native born Hispanic population, opposes the guest worker programs that our politicians favor.

Despite the cries that illegals contribute to the economy, the fact that tax payers have been forced to subsidize then in numerous ways, shows that they are drain on resources as well. The fact that many are failing to integrate into American society, by learning English & being good citizens, is another troubling factor. While no one can argue that the United States needs immigrants to stabilize our demographics, how we go about this should be addressed in a manner that is not only expedient, but in a way that will pave the way to making our country better, not worse. Here are a few of my thoughts of the subject.

1. All illegals, as the act of entering a country without permission is a crime, must be charged & deported. This will send the message that illegality will no longer be tolerated. As is, police cannot charge & deport illegals unless they have committed another offence, & in some instances are forbidden from asking the immigration status of even suspects. Police must be empowered to ask & verify the immigration status of all suspects & apprehend all illegals who are reported to them.

2. Illegals come to this country & stay due to the willingness of unscrupulous businesses to hire them. The criminality of hireing illegals should be strictly enforced with a large fine for each instance & jail time for repeat offenders. The INS & local police should be empowered & given the resources to investigate & prosecute all cases of illegal hirings that are reported to them.

The immigration status of children should be that of their parents.

3. As there is a need for additional labor & demographic stability, the number of legal immigrants allowed per year, must be increased. However, all those who wish to be eligible for these visas must have at least a basic knowledge of English. Upon two years of arrival, they must pass a language proficiency exam. Those who fail must return.

To oppose illegal immigration is not to oppose all immigration. It is to merely ask that there be controlled orderly immigration & that the immigrants who arrive be assimilated. The Denver Public Library has proposed to make seven of its branches "spanish focused". As Mauro E. Mujica of U.S. English said:

"I fail to see how an 'Official Spanish' Library will aid immigrants in learning English and becoming Americans," Mujica continued. "If anything, it will further the notion that Spanish-speaking immigrants can live in relative comfort without needing to learn our common language. If we are to successfully continue as a nation of immigrants, we cannot send an 'English Optional' message to any immigrant group."

In fact, those immigrants who do make a valuable contribution to their adopted countries are those who are willing to embrace the language & customs of their new country. Blogger Arthur Chrenkoff, an Australian of Polish origin, is a wonderful example. In response to this story, he had this to say:
Not for me to tell the beautiful Colorado how to run their things, but bilingualism annoys the hell out of me. And it's not because I don't like Spanish - or Polish for that matter - or because I like English better, but because in countries built by generations of migrants coming from everywhere around the world, the common language is one of the most important glues that bind us all together.
I came to Australia seventeen years ago, knowing maybe 50 English words. I did not expect any "Polish focused" institutions to keep me in a linguistic ghetto; I wanted to learn the language of the land so I could make the most of the opportunities that Australia could offer me. It's the love of books that got me where I am. I'm looking now at an old notebook, where I wrote down all the words that were new to me together with their translation and phonetic pronunciation. As a teenager, I was fascinated by the unexplained, and one of the first books in Australia that served as my English teacher was a children's book about monsters and legendary creatures. So I look at these words, which were once so new and so strange; "devour", "lair", "hump", "abominable", "ferocious"...
I don't quite agree with Mauro E. Mujica, chairman of the board of U.S. English, Inc., who said that "Denver's action is a dubious first in American history: a major U.S. city is creating a public institution that intentionally excludes native-born Americans," not only because you don't have to be a native-born American to feel excluded from a "non-English-first" facility, but because, even worse than excluding non-Spanish speakers, the brave new Denver libraries would perpetuate the exclusion of Spanish speakers from the mainstream of the American society by downplaying the need for linguistic integration.

Assimilation is the key to realizing the American dream & escaping the ethnic ghetto. Those who do make the effort to learn English, assimilate & become good members of the community should be granted green cards & be made eligible to citizenship. The American people are extremely tolerant & good-hearted people who readily welcome those who do not harm them.

4. Those who arrive on these worker visas must be initially sponsored by an employer who may hire immigrants by advertising for them, should they fail to hire an American citizen or green card holder for the position. However, the employer who does the hiring must accept the responsibility to teach the foreign employee not only the English language, but also the laws & regulations of America. The employer will also be held responsible for the additional costs in education & health care that their immigrant workers & their family members place on the economy.

Should a majority of a certain employer's immigrant employees fail the language proficiency exam, that employer should be barred from sponsoring more immigrants. The employer should also familiarize the immigrant workers with the local zoning laws, which bar over crowding & the attendant slummification it cause which lead to decreasing property values as well as ordinances against littering & unseemly public behavior. This will lead to employers aiding their immigrant employees in their efforts to learn English & integrate into American society.

4. In order to give employers incentives to hire Americans at reasonable wages rather than immigrants, those businesses whose percentage of citizen or green card holder employees to immigrant employees exceeds 10%, must pay a special tax for each additional 5% of immigrants hired.

One of the problems with basing immigration quotas on unemployment statistics is that often, the numbers used are state or nation ones. These numbers fail to take into account the particular circumstances of each locality. Thus, before an employer hires an immigrant worker, he/she should have to apply for a permit to do so from the local government. As it is local governments that must care for these new arrivals by providing their health care, education & attend to many of the problems they might cause, the federal government should cede part of its exclusive control of immigration to local governments.

Of course the greatest argument for hiring illegals thus far is the, 'they do the jobs that Americans won't' argument. However, as Linda Thom, who moved from California to Puget Sound, an area without a large illegal population shows, lack of illegals does not lead to economic collapse. The local economy structures it-self to allow self-sufficiency. One example she offers if that of her experience at the local car wash. Not only does she get the service she wants, but it is offered in a friendly & pleasant manner, & she saves money by having to tip a smaller number of employees:
Here, on this large island, Americans do jobs immigrants won’t do.
For example, I took my auto to the carwash last week. In the five years I have lived on Whidbey Island, I have never taken my car to get it washed but it was parked in the Vancouver, B.C., airport lot for three weeks and a seagull visited…I really didn’t want to deal with it.
Usually, I don’t wash my car as I live on a dirt road in a place where it rains a lot and the car is a late-model Oldsmobile that my husband says could pass for a CIA staff car.
Judging from the looks of local cars and the lack of carwash businesses, most other residents of Whidbey don’t wash their cars either.
I think there is only one auto-washing facility within 30 miles of my house and that’s where I went.
Two clean-cut, young, American men, Andrew and Jay, hosed off the car and helped get it on track for the machine and then they dried it when it emerged. There was a can for tips at the exit.
Contrast this with Santa Barbara, California, where there are probably ten to fifteen car washes and the owners are always getting busted for hiring illegal aliens. The workers speak Spanish and they swarm around the car and they all put out their hands for tips at the end.

The group that would be most adversely affected would be the upper middle class, which has gotten accustomed to having a bevy of servants at their disposal to perform nearly every domestic task for them. I doubt that having to vacuum ones house or mow ones lawn by ones-self will lead to devastating consequences.

She also mentions how the indiscriminate hiring of illegals has harmed mentally & physically impaired Americans by taking away the incentive for employers to accommodate these workers.

The ability to hire adult immigrants also impedes the ability of American teenagers to find part time & summer employment. This is no doubt partially behind the weakening of the work ethic of the younger generation, as well as the difficulties faced by those who wish to take a hiatus from academia by working due to their & a lack of job skills & employment history.

It also means that teenagers have a great deal of unsupervised free time, which parents must fill with a medley of expensive & exhausting activities. Should the parents not be in a position to afford such things, the natural inclination of teenagers to become bored can easily lead to their becoming involved in undesirable activities & groups.

This also creates a problem for college students seeking summer & part time employment.

Dan Morgan, of No Speed Bumps, tells his experiences vacationing in an area without a large illegal population:
.....while on vacation, in the hotels we stayed in all of the maid staff and other help were white. The same was true of all of the restaurants we ate in, from the cooks, to the bus boys, to the grounds keepers. I felt like we were in a time machine and in a strange land.An interesting note about the maid staff at the hotels was the good cheer that they were in. They were constantly chatting among themselves and seemed very content as they went about their work. This reminded me that, yes, there is dignity to manual labor, and yes, white people can still do manual labor.

Not only can Americans still do manual labor, but they are also willing to do it. This will lead to our having a more balanced society in which all work will be valued & the gainfully employed imbued with a sense of dignity & all members of our society able to communicate with each other & make a positive contribution to society. The need to address the illegal issue is especially keen in light of our war with Islamic terrorists who have entered the United States via the Mexican border.

HAT TIP: La Shawn Barber, No Speed Bumps, Chrenkoff, American Housewife, Basil, Mudville

Update:A multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) brought in by illegals in California.
"Treatment for MDR-TB is very expensive -- ranging from $200,000 to $1.2 million per person, over an 18- to 24-month time period," said Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a press conference in the District yesterday.
Illegal Crime Wave.
How racism in Mexico contributes to illegal immigration.
California urged to follow New Mexico & Arizona.
Illegals given a ranch as result of lawsuit claiming Minute Men "traumatized" them. On the politics behind it.
Tax payers of Hendorn Virginia forced to pay for facilities to house illegals. La Shawn covers this too.
Update II (8/22): Illegals & the drug trade.


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