Saturday, May 06, 2006

Immigration Redux

Just when you think the country couldn't get any more divided, it does. The huge immigration protests has put a finer point on a different type of divisiveness. The "law and order" branch of the Republican party demand the illegal immigrants be sent packing immediately and don't want to hear any noise about "path to citizenship." The Republican corporate paymasters want a cheap, abundant, fearful and powerless workforce to exploit. The "blue collar dems" see the doom of good wages in the face of illegals and the unions see the potential salvation of their falling membership.

And then there's my sister.

She lives in Southern California, and I can tell, she's just tired of this fucking shit. Trying to drive around in Southern California, knowing that a HUGE number of the cars on the road are being driven by people who don't belong there is immensely frustrating. She sends me emails, usually without comment, like this one:

From the L.A Times

1. 40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10 million
people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they
are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are
illegal aliens.

4. Over 2/3's of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal
alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are
Mexican nationals here illegally.

6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living
in garages.

7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are
most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

9. 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.

10. In L.A.County 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million
speak Spanish (10.2 million people in L.A.County).

(All 10 from the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are
on welfare.

Over 70% of the United States annual population growth (and over
90% of California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration.

The cost of immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was a
NET (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay) $70 BILLION a year, [Profess or
Donald Huddle, Rice University].

The lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) for
the average adult Mexican immigrant is a NEGATIVE

29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

If they can come to this country to raise Hell and march by the
thousands, Why can't they take charge over the corruption in
their own
country? We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue.

I guess she thinks I don't geddit. Trust me Sis, I geddit. The only solution is to prosecute the exploiters. If the jobs are eliminated, illegals will self-deport. The truly criminal element of illegal immigrants must be dealt with harshly. We have plenty of homegrown crooks without these interlopers coming in. Depolarizing the magnet is the only true solution. Building a wall is worthless. Seems like I heard of someone building a wall before. Oh yes, in China. It is a big wall. No, strike that. It is a great wall. Probably why it's called the Great Wall of China. So great, in fact, that it is the only man-made structure on the planet that can be seen with the unaided eye from the surface of the moon. But it did not save the Ming Dynasty. So, what's all this shit I keep hearing about a wall? Methinks it's coming from the cyclone fence and ACME brick lobby.

I doubt we will ever see anything spectacular happen for a while. Several social diseases have higher approval ratings than Bush, who still has higher ratings than the Republican controlled congress, who has higher approval ratings than Deadeye Dick. With midterms at six months away and counting down I wouldn't be expecting any startling legislation to pass. Time to get busy at your local level and do all you can to support those who share your views. Be the change.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is also a wall on Spain's (southern?) border to keep the Morrocans out. It was on a weekend TV program about 2 weeks ago. Interesting. I'm thinking CNN but I'm not positive.