December 15, 2005
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Reader Has Reservations About Peggy Noonan
From: [Name Withheld]
Re: Don Collins' Column:
"Shame on Ed Bradley and CBS 60 Minutes"
Don Collins wrote a nice piece on
the 60 Minutes segment.
bias of the Mainstream Media shows through when you
CBS can take the facts they presented and draw
completely different conclusions than most Americans
What the facts demonstrate is that
a partial solution to the problem of illegal
immigration is no solution at all.
- Retired INS agent Reed stated
that the Nebraska delegation told it that
immigration enforcement was putting the local
meatpacking plants out of business, "ruining"
their economy and communities. I don't doubt that
it was. If you're only going to go deny meatpackers
in Nebraska access to illegal immigrant labor, this
will put them at a cost disadvantage versus
meatpackers in Arkansas, Minnesota, Illinios, etc.
The natural outcome would be for the Nebraska plants
to go out of business (also resulting in the
unemployment of white collar workers at the plants)
and for plants/companies in other states to hire
more illegals to make up for the lost production
capacity. You can't only go after 5% of the
employers and expect to win this battle. But, I
wouldn't be surprised if the INS knew that.
- Another person on the show
pointed out that putting
fences near San Diego and other areas has
actually increased the numbers of illegal
aliens because they can't come and go as easily.
Once they're in, they don't want to risk going home
and not being able to get back in. The obvious
solution to this pattern of behavior is to complete
the fence so that it covers the entire border. The
only thing this demonstrates is that you can't stop
illegal immigration by only protecting 5% of our
60 Minutes suggested that these failed measures
demonstrate the futility of investing additional time
and money into stopping illegal immigration.
On the contrary, what they actually
demonstrate is the folly of trying to solve this massive
problem with 5% solutions.