Now we get down to the nitty-gritty, Fellow Citizens. The use by the estimated 12 to 20 million illegal aliens of our public, tax supported services–you know, such as schools for your children–are not nearly as important to the Greed Mongers who increasingly own America as getting illegal aliens in here to raise profits at the expense of the entire tax paying public.
In a January 20, 2007 Washington Post Business Section article by Krissah Williams entitled "Labor Groups, Business Seek Immigration Law Overhaul" we learn about an alliance between three groups of the usual super powerful suspects:
"The coalition Alliance for Immigration Reform 2007 announced its formation this week, placing the force of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Service Employees International Union and the nation`s largest Hispanic civil rights group behind a unified lobbying effort to get a law passed before the politics of the 2008 presidential campaign make a compromise on the contentious issue unworkable.
"Pressure has been building on employers and labor as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency becomes more active. Last month, its agents raided Swift & Co., a participant in a government pilot program that runs Social Security numbers through a federal database. The raids sent hundreds of undocumented immigrants to detention centers and jolted business groups.
"`It proved that the current system doesn`t work . . . and is failing everybody,` R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the chamber, said during a conference call Thursday."
Importing cheap labor doesn`t indeed work for American citizens, but as showed by Evan Perez and Corey Dade`s front page Wall Street Journal article of January 17th about the federal crackdown on illegal labor, enforcement does work. [See my Federal Illegal Labor Crackdown Shows Positive Reform Works! January 18]
Those displaced illegal workers were quickly replaced by poor American citizens who were delighted to have these jobs—which President Bush and those who seek open borders always characterize as "jobs Americans won`t do"!
Yes, the company had to pay higher wages to get Americans to pluck chickens, but you can`t outsource chicken pluckers, Mr. Josten.
Imagine the lobbying power lined up against us average working citizens. They seem to have bipartisan support for their continuing mass invasion of our democracy. Here we are sending our citizens to bring democracy to Iraq, killing over 3000 Americans so far, and thousands of Iraqis while allowing our own citizens` living standards to be abrogated by cheap labor, likely including another massive amnesty, couched as "comprehensive immigration reform" (read, "screw you, Americans, we want our profits, stock options and perks and we can and will buy them!").
The Federal raid described in the Wall Street Journal piece clearly shows enforcement works. Now hear the bleating of these wolves in sheeps` clothing, as reported in the Post:
"Business groups paint a dire picture of a U.S. economy without the country`s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. The National Restaurant Association says jobs in food service are growing one and a half times as fast as the U.S. labor force. And the construction industry needs 250,000 new workers per year to replace its aging workforce, according to Associated Builders and Contractors."
Aw, you say there are not enough waiters or kitchen help to suavely serve the elite in high priced watering holes? Colonial Williamsburg has long used college kids. We have plenty of young people who with proper pay encouragement, just like those poor American chicken pluckers, could be started on careers in the food service industry.
Here we have a hugely unpopular President, whose party is going to be ousted from the White House in 2008, scaring businesses even more, coupled with a Democrat Congress which sees its new voters in the new comers, legal and illegal.
As the Post notes,
"Proponents of a plan to legalize undocumented workers say this year offers an important window. President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress have called immigration reform a priority, and the coalition considers a Senate bill last year that provided a path to citizenship for undocumented workers a blueprint for the policy. That legislation stalled in November when the House and Senate could not hash out a compromise."
These seducers of the hopes and dreams of all Americans, like those who would ravish unwilling women, are in effect saying, "I see my best chance and I`m taking it!" The Post article is clear: "The table is now set, said Cecilia Muñoz, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino civil rights group. "Over the course of the last year the policy ideas have really come into focus."
It is an interesting coalition of apparently disparate interests. But it has worked well before and it could work again this time:
"To hold the marriage of business and labor and right- and left-leaning politics together, the coalition`s ideal bill would include both a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here and more visas for temporary workers, said Douglas G. Rivlin, [send him mail] spokesman for the National Immigration Forum, which is a member of the alliance."
Folks, we are at a crossroads on the immigration issue. Our country is now vastly overcrowded and our government at all levels daily proves its incompetence to deal with the problems that creates. So now we are going to continue to import slaves as a solution?
A few brave groups such as the Minutemen are trying with minuscule budgets to stem this tide of greed and power playing. But the prospect is not good, unless the public makes clear its concern at the ballot box. Building a border fence would be worthwhile, if the flood can be stemmed now, but ten or twenty years from now, this will look a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has fled, as millions more will have come through the legal loophole which may soon be created by the ethnic lobbies and businesses.
Then add the terrorist dimension, which Bush and others claim daily is coming to get us!
This session of Congress is going to be crucial for stopping the invasion planned by this powerful coalition of open border people. Believe me, the coalition called the Alliance for Immigration Reform 2007 won`t be waiting for Americans to complain. As the US Chamber of Commerce`s open border minded executive told the Post: "We can keep the heat on the back of the neck of the leadership to get this thing done."
The Alliance sees that it will need 70 to 80 percent of Democrats and 30 to 50 percent of Republicans in Congress. So it is not a "slam dunk", as one open borderist admitted to the Post.
It all hangs on the ability of patriotic Americans to generate some countervailing heat of their own.
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.