Profiting From Illegal Invasion
(All emphases by Always On Watch)
When I saw the television coverage of immigration demonstrations throughout the United States, including the Heartland and areas with which I did not immediately associate a high population of immigrants, and the above graph, I wondered, “How did they get to be all over the United States?” An April 18, 2006 article in the Washington Times provides a clue in the following excerpt from "Illegal Aliens Recruit Workers":
“SASABE, Mexico -- A growing number of U.S. employers in need of cheap labor are turning to illegal workers to recruit friends and relatives back home, and to smugglers to find job seekers.“Employers aren’t equipped to spot fraud”? Those words smack of a lame excuse. At an impromptu day-laborers site near my house, I have seen for myself that various landscaping and construction companies cruise the parking lot and do not make any attempt to determine whether or not the fellows they are hiring are legal. And many private home-owners do the same when they hire maids or others to do various household chores.
"’It continues to become clear who controls immigration: It's not governments, but rather the market,’ said Jorge Santibanez, director of the Tijuana think tank Colegio de la Frontera Norte.
“When Pedro Lopez Vazquez crossed illegally into the United States last week, he already had a job.
“His future employer even paid $1,000 for a smuggler to help Mr. Vazquez make his way from the central Mexican city of Puebla to Aspen, Colo….
“At the same time, it has become less risky for companies to recruit illegal aliens. Since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, U.S. prosecution of employers who hire such workers has dwindled to a trickle as the government puts its resources toward national security.
“The few cases that are prosecuted, however, highlight how lucrative a business recruiting undocumented workers has become.
“In one case, a single smuggler purportedly earned $900,000 over 15 months placing 6,000 migrants in jobs at Chinese restaurants across the upper Midwest….
“Shan Wei Yu, a 51-year-old Chinese-American, was sentenced in December to nine years in federal prison on charges involving the transportation of 40 of those migrants. Investigations involving the others continue.
“Rick Hilzendager, special agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Grand Forks, N.D., said Yu connected 6,000 migrants from Latin America with jobs in Chinese restaurants in Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
“Based in Yu's home in McKinney, Texas, the Great Texas Employment Agency placed ads in Chinese-language newspapers in the Chicago area offering cheap labor from Latin America, investigators said.
“Yu sent a recruiter with Spanish interpreters to find illegal aliens in Dallas willing to be fry cooks and dishwashers, Mr. Hilzendager said. A team made up mostly of illegal Chinese aliens rented cars and drove them up.
“Yu charged a $150 finder's fee for each illegal while the drivers earned $300 per worker. Restaurant owners deducted the $450 from workers' first-month paychecks of $1,000….
“To make a real dent in the network, the U.S. government would need to go after employers or make them pay the costs of legalizing workers, migration activists say.
“Investigators say fake documents make it difficult to prove an employer has knowingly hired an undocumented worker. Businesses argue that employers aren't equipped to spot fraud....”
Any employers of illegal immigrants should be prosecuted because as long as the market for cheap labor exists, the flood penetrating our porous borders will continue. Our Congress needs to pass legislation targeting businesses and individuals which hire illegals. Auditing the income-tax filings of employers who hire illegals is the starting point and might lead to shutting down activities such as those of Mr. Yu. Ignoring the employers of illegals will lead to even greater proliferation of illegal immigration.
Furthermore, our sieve of a border leaves us open to infiltration by terrorists. According to this page from the web site We Need A Fence:
“The problem is not merely the number of illegal immigrants. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central and South America, there are several hundreds, perhaps thousands, of illegal aliens from countries that sponsor terrorism or harbor terrorists entering the United States each year across our border with Mexico. Thus, it is a national security issue as well as an immigration issue.”And from this web page:
"'Other Than Mexican' illegal immigrants pose a national security risk to the U.S.Some of those countries listed are known funders of terrorist organizations and are known to harbor terrorists.
"The serious national security threat posed by 'Other Than Mexicans' is not widely understood. Approximately 100,000 illegal immigrants entering the United States from Mexico each year are not Mexicans. The Border Patrol refers to these persons as 'OTM's' - 'Other Than Mexicans':Within the last year, over 450 OTM's have been apprehended illegally entering the United States from such officially-designated 'special interest' countries as:o Afghanistan
Furthermore, the hidden costs of so-called cheap labor are not inexpensive. California serves as a documented example, which applies or will soon apply to states all over our nation:
“In California alone, the annual estimated cost burden of providing education, health care and incarceration for illegal immigrants is over $10 billion:We cannot afford to wait any longer to secure our borders! And it is also past time to call illegal immigrants by the proper name: “ILLEGAL INVADERS,” as Right Truth recently stated.• Education. Californians spend approximately $7.7 billion annually on education for illegal immigrant children. Nearly 15 percent of the K-12 public school students in California are children of illegal aliens.
• Health care. Uncompensated medical outlays for health care provided to the state's illegal alien population amount to about $1.4 billion a year.
• Incarceration. The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in California's prisons and jails amounts to about $1.4 billion a year (not including related law enforcement and judicial expenditures or the monetary costs of the crimes that led to their incarceration).
And here are the highlights of Cubed's plan for controlling the invasion:
1) Build a barrier.Will the above plan work? I don't know, but I favor trying it. The United States could hardly do worse than the excuse-of-a-plan which is in place right now.
2) Get the IRS in on it.
3) Make English the official language of the U.S.
4) Withdraw all welfare benefits to illegal aliens.
5) Amend the Constitution to disallow 'anchor babies.'
6) Deport illegal aliens.
7) Deputize citizen volunteers to work with the Border Patrol.
(Additional details here)
[Hattip: Sixth Column for the link We Need A Fence]