I read the following story with utter disbelief and dismay!
Mexican, U.S. labor officials vow to protect rights of immigrant workers - legal or not (by Giovanna Dell'orto, Associated Press November 07,2005)
"The U.S. Department of Labor and Mexico's Foreign Ministry pledged Monday to protect the rights (especially fair pay and safe working conditions) of immigrant workers, whether they are in the United States legally or not.
"'It's not the policy of the Department of Labor to penalize and expose workers," said Peter Accolla of the department's Office of Trade Agreement Implementation. "We want to protect them regardless their status.'
"Accolla joined Bosco Marti, Mexico's Foreign Relations Department's point man on North American affairs, and Mexican consuls from across the United States to review progress made on two agreements between the countries."
Now you go figure!
Every year, roughly 3 million illegal aliens stream across the border and settle in the US, where it is already legal to obtain a driver's license in several (ten) states.
Now our own Federal government—in cahoots with the Mexican government which gives out those Matricula Consular cards to its illegals—is offering these same illegal aliens working here "protection" and using our own US Government employees to help them keep breaking the law.
An arrogant Congress gets away with doing nothing significant to fix this immigration mess because they don't have to listen to the 80% of American citizens who want our immigration fiasco reformed.
Basically, they have gerrymandered themselves into a 98% reelection success rate in the House of Representatives—they don't have to worry about getting re-elected.
Then again, look at the Bush Administration which is always pandering to its large donors by allowing the importation of cheap labor to continue—even as the outsourcing of American jobs to Asia gains daily momentum.
If we don't start screaming now, there won't be anything to stop the government and the business community from allowing non-citizens (illegal aliens) to steal our jobs, our birthrights, and our democracy which is looking less like one by the day.
Immigration reform needs to be the number one issue concerning our citizens right now!
Anyone now in Congress not ready to stand up for a massive drive to fix our internal security and getting real border security by building those walls and putting stiff penalties on employers who hire illegal aliens, needs to be sent home.
This includes firing people like the above-mentioned Peter Accolla of the Labor Department's Office of Trade Agreement Implementation.
The AP's Dell'orto notes that this story from the Labor Department comes five days after the Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to reduce illegal immigration—a plan that includes "greatly increased interior enforcement of our immigration laws - including more robust worksite enforcement" [November 2 press release]:
"'If a company is hiring illegal aliens, we're going to go after them' Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Marc Raimondi said Monday. 'Our job is clearly and simply to enforce the law.'"
Oh, sure you are. We have heard this guff before and nothing has happened.
We want action not words, Mr. Raimondi.
Raimondi and others from the Bush Administration need new legislation which would make law-breaking companies pay big for such hiring breaches.
How about $50,000 per illegal?
Agribusiness with their illegal chicken pluckers and all the other abusers of illegal labor would then get the message. Anything short of punitive damages will not work.
The time is now, America. Either we fix our broken system or the flood of illegal aliens—including an unknown number of terrorists—will continue to break our laws and ultimately the fabric of our Republic.
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.