Over the past few years a rising number of illegal aliens, or as some would label them, "undocumented workers," have invaded our country and the Bush administration has apparently decided to essentially ignore the issue. It should be obvious to anyone that these individuals are a threat to our society, to our economy, and to our national security.
Many apologists both inside and outside the federal government insist on propagating the fiction that these individuals are helping our country because they take jobs that Americans will not take. I believe that this only appears to be true because of the low wages that are offered for the jobs the illegals take. In fact, it appears that wages are depressed because of the illegals, who can not protest about the situation. If the wages were increased, or perhaps even if they were not, I am certain that our citizens would gladly take the jobs.
A good example of illegal immigrants keeping wages down is in the reconstruction work after the destruction by hurricane Katrina. There is evidence of hundreds of illegals swarming to New Orleans and costal Mississippi to take the jobs that should rightly belong to American citizens. Since President Bush waived the provisions of the law that requires employers to pay the local average wage his big business cronies have rushed to take advantage of the situation.
It is well known that industry, especially the farm, restaurant, and hotel industries, regularly hire illegals either directly or through contractors. While individuals in these industries as well as those in the administration claim that hiring these persons helps to keep prices down, there is ample evidence that this is not the case. It has been documented that instead this only increases the profits of the employer.
I am disturbed, to say the least, about the President's proposed "guest worker" program and I believe that he is naive to think that illegal aliens will "come out of hiding and participate legally in America's economy." This smacks of "amnesty" which did not work under President Reagan in 1986 and there is no reason to expect it to work today. There is no incentive for the illegal alien to come out of the shadows if we have no plan enforce the current laws.
I also want to express my displeasure with President Bush's almost "kowtowing" to Mexican President Vicente Fox about illegal aliens, most recently at the March 23, 2005 meeting at the Bush ranch. Mexico is the country that has produced a "Guide to the Mexican Migrant" instructing its citizens on how to elude the U. S. Customs and Border Protection system. (I have a translated PowerPoint version of it.) President Fox has even demanded that we provide services (which Mexico does not) to illegal aliens from his country and President Bush seems to have agreed with him. Emergency humanitarian services are one thing but an expectation of continuing services to persons who are here illegally without at the same time permanently deporting them is something else entirely. We should be pressuring President Fox to get his house in order and begin creating reasonably paying jobs for Mexico’s citizens? He is the one and his is the country that should be pressured to help the migrants, not us and our country.
The various citizen border watches, which have been likened to "Neighborhood Watches," have been very important because they have provided valuable information to the Border Patrol about illegal crossings. This service is particularly important since your FY2006 budget allocates funds for about only 200 new agents while the Congress allocated 2000 per year.
This is not the country of the illegal aliens nor is it just the country of the employers of the illegals. It is my country too and I want to see our immigration laws enforced. The provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 regarding hiring of illegal aliens have not been repealed, so why are they not being enforced? That law states "Every employer, therefore, is required to verify that all employees hired after December 1, 1988, are eligible to work in the United States." I recall being required to prove my citizenship to my employer in order to keep my job. Why are current employers not required to obey this law?