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Towards the Third World: Illegal Aliens, Their Enablers, and What to Do About America’s Future

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In 1883, the early feminist poet Emma Lazarus wrote what would eventually come to be considered as the greatest American sonnet of all time: The New Colossus. Its most recited and awe-inspiring line, “Give me your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore; send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” beautifully describes the very quintessence of the American spirit: an unquenchable thirst for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, especially as far as immigrants fleeing totalitarian or impoverished states are concerned.

The passion which Lazarus infused into her writings was undoubtedly inspired by her Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Very few can aptly understand the proud, tragic, and noble plight of this ethnoreligious group; as a member of it myself, I can say that all of us fortunate enough to be Americans were essentially afforded this great privilege through the blood of our ancestors. Nary a single Sephardic Jew living today can claim to not have a relative who, at some point in time, was socially ostracized, robbed, or killed as a result of his or her religious beliefs. For instance, my paternal family, namely the Cottos, who originated in Italy, and the Abramils, who resided in Spain, were forcibly evicted from the Mediterranean and made to experience the New World at gun- or, possibly, knifepoint during the Inquisition era. Knowing this, it is impossible for me not to feel a deep sympathy for all freedom-loving individuals wishing to come to the globe’s enduring beacon of hope in order to realize their respective full potentials.

However, my sympathy only extends so far. Should one wish to become an American resident or citizen, then it is imperative that said person go about doing this in the correct manner: by enduring a lengthy process which is designed to assure that all immigrants entering the United States are doing so for positive reasons and that these people do not pose any threat to our national security. Unlike those who strive daily to respond to Lazarus’s call in a just and decent fashion, illegal aliens completely disregard the very laws of the country which they wish to inhabit and, for some reason which I find to be inconceivable, often expect its residents to adapt to their cultural norms, most often in the form of speaking only the predominant language of their native nations to them. Making matters worse — far, far worse — the illegals are almost always relegated to employment opportunities which require minimal skill and, of course, pay paltry salaries. During an economic downturn the likes of which is being experienced now, this creates an extraordinary problem as millions of Americans are losing their long-held jobs to such an incredibly cheap source of labor.

Operating within the parameters of an underground economy, illegal aliens are not subject to worker’s rights or minimum wage laws, thus allowing their controllers to ruthlessly exploit them. These modern-day “robber barons,” as an uncle of mine would call them, are gleefully pushing America towards the bottomless pit of third-world nationhood. It is they, not the illegals themselves, who are truly to blame for so many of our country’s troubles with chronic unemployment.

In order to realistically solve the lion’s share of our illegal immigration crisis, the incentive for people to enter the United States unlawfully must be thoroughly disestablished. This can be done creatively, in a way which would provide compensation for both the government and exploited workers. I believe that a fine should be imposed on businesses hiring illegals in the amount of $10,000 per alien arrested. Half of this would go to the alien in question, as a means of providing some form of a golden parachute during deportation, and the other to Uncle Sam. Should certain businesses choose to become repeat offenders, then their assets would be seized and eventually auctioned off by the government, though not before experiencing a 100 percent increase on the fines originally levied against them. Also, the persons who knowingly hired illegals would face a $250 to $750,000 penalty for their actions in addition to imprisonment for a term of 12 to 24 months.

Aside from adequately administering justice to both the illegal aliens and the criminals masquerading as businessmen who enable them, this policy would serve as a highly effective vessel through which the government could gain revenue while refraining from increasing taxes. Being reasonably easy to implement on a state or federal level, it would be a win-win for all who follow the law, acknowledge individual rights, and respect true free enterprise. A program like this is undoubtedly closer to obtaining “foolproof” status than any other in American political history. When all is said and done, there is no reason why we as a nation cannot make it work, and work fantastically.

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  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Another example of the mindless nativism which dooms your perverse brand of pseudorepublicanism to failure and obscurity.

    Punish businesses for the crime of participating honestly in the labor market. Hell, destroy those small businesses for trying to compete with bigger businesses which can offshore and outsource.

    Destroy all entrepreneurs and further empower megacorporations. Punish people just for wanting to work. Keep turning those who want to just better their lot into criminals.

    Unbelievable.

    Dave

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/joseph-cotto/ Joseph Cotto

    Dave,

    Glad to see that you enjoyed the article!

    All kidding aside, hiring illegal labor, and paying them below minimum wage to boot, is not participating honestly in the market whatsoever. It is criminal in the extreme, and should be regarded as such. Also, while it is undeniable that large corporations outsourcing their jobs are committing truly horrid acts, what they are doing is perfectly legal, and far more ethical than engaging in economic activity which is just one step above modern slavery.

    All entrepreneurs going about their business in a legal fashion would not be destroyed; I have no idea where in my article you got that idea from. The illegal aliens being deported for their crimes would even make out like virtual kings as their $5000 rebate would most definitely go a long way in their respective homelands.

    In any case, both the “entrepreneurs” (Or, in reality, slave drivers) and the aliens in question are engaging in unlawful behavior, and deserve to face the consequences for this. I believe that my method is the most fair and rational currently available to bring about both groups’ just deserts. I realize that this clashes with your pure libertarian theory of socioeconomic policy, but it is a plausible approach to solving a pressing problem. Libertarianism most certainly is interesting, do not get me wrong, but rarely works in a positive manner when applied to the trials and tribulations of the real world.

    Nonetheless, I value your input. It is most beneficial to have a few well-meaning ideologues, and I use this term in a positive sense here, around from time to time. You all most certainly add an interesting perspective to the political process which us realists often, if not always, tend to overlook.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Joseph –

    Actually, both you and Dave are right and wrong. This is a Gordian knot that can’t be cut open with a sword.

    As I pointed out to Clavos, the only way we could EVER stop illegal immigration is to either tear down our economy to the level of Mexico’s…or bring up Mexico’s economy to equal our own. As long as we have an economy that is significantly better than theirs – and as long as it is safer to raise a family here – illegal immigration from Mexico will remain a major problem…and all the laws and regulations we throw at them won’t make a difference.

    So what’s the solution? The ONLY real way to slow down the flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico is to help them become a prosperous and safe country. That’s it in a nutshell. All other solutions – yours, Daves, Dem or Republican plans – which do not meet that goal are simply high-minded but ineffective rhetoric.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    If the market says that people should only get paid $1 then that is what the market says! Hey, business people need to get rich here, buster. You know, it’s the American free market dream: get your own slaves, then use their labor to make yourself rich and powerful. Propagandize yourself as some sort of hero for giving people work.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Dave really IS a snake.sssssss

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Dave has turned into a propaganda robot.

  • Boeke

    Dave would, perhaps, be in favor of returning to child labor, it is after all cheaper than adult labor. This on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

  • http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/author/danmiller/ Dan(Miller)

    Glen says in Comment #3, the only way we could EVER stop illegal immigration is to either tear down our economy to the level of Mexico’s…or bring up Mexico’s economy to equal our own. He then says that he favors the latter approach. I must disagree.

    President Obama is working hard on both, although the first is the more important because there are countless related problems, many having to do with countries more impoverished and with greater wealth disparity even than Mexico. Although the current United States Government is under significant pressure from self-centered xenophobes to make the United States’ economy better than it presently is, doing so would make Mexico comparatively even less desirable than the United States and serve to increase immigration. It would also increase the hatred and disdain felt for the United States in many nations.

    The only way to deal effectively with these problems is to attack them all at once by tearing down the United States’ economy to the point that more of her citizens and and other residents elect to migrate to Mexico, Iran, Libya, North Korea, China, Venezuela and other more free and prosperous nations. For the sake of humanity in general, President Obama and his knowledgeable supporters are doing their level best and we must give them full credit for for their efforts. A Nobel Prize for Economic Potential should be in President Obama’s future no later than mid 2012.

    Dan(Miller)

  • troll

    …citizens and and other residents elect to migrate to Mexico, Iran, Libya, North Korea, China, Venezuela and other more free and prosperous nations.

    …just not Panama – already too many ex-pats there

  • http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/author/danmiller/ Dan(Miller)

    Re Comment #9 — Yes, there are too many and lots of them should go back where they came from; about half of them do, after a year or so.

    Maybe some of them came to Panama because there were few if any illegal aliens from Panama to be seen in the United States and they wanted to learn why.

    Dan(Miller)

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dan –

    That’s the first time I’ve seen you post a non-serious reply. But I’d really like to see you post a serious solution to the illegal immigration problem. Prove me wrong, if you can – and I would sincerely like to see some other solution than the unworkable ones that seem to be the only ones I can see.

  • http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/author/danmiller/ Dan(Miller)

    Glen,

    I find it difficult to be serious when the world is going to Hell in a bullet train, little seems to be done other than to make it go faster and I have few politically acceptable ideas to offer. I prefer pleasure to pain, and if the best I can do in the current global context doesn’t produce serious solutions to serious problems I can at least giggle a bit.

    That said, I was serious in suggesting that merely improving the U.S. economy will increase rather than decrease illegal immigration. Think about it.

    Trying to make Mexico a better place for the wretched souls who risk their lives, their families and most of their funds to leave her to go to the States seems very unlikely to work. The drug cartels and other assorted thugs, many of them in the Mexican Government, including the police and the military, are rampaging out of control and I doubt that even dispatching a full division of U.S. Marines would help, if we had one to spare. True, Mexico is an ally (as were Egypt and Libya) but that alone is not a valid reason to attempt the impossible through an invasion with lots of “boots on the ground.” Besides, the UN and NATO seem unlikely to agree.

    Are there solutions? Sure there are. Dig a trench fifty feet deep and a hundred feet wide along the entire length of the border and fill it with reinforced radioactive concrete. Build a fifty foot high fence on top of that and deploy along its entire length land mines, personnel as well as for vehicles, along with marksmen instructed to shoot to kill anyone who approaches within fifty feet. Deploy fences and adjacent mines off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts out to twelve mines. Have only a few points of well monitored entry with big, burly and frightening guards armed with automatic weapons, ferocious frowns and even more ferocious large dogs, instructed to use every means at their disposal at the slightest provocation.

    Are these solutions stupid? Sure they are. They would also be less welcome politically than a prostitute with leprosy, AIDS and a “Gaddafi is My Personal God!” sign in church. Are there any simple and inexpensive solutions around which the necessary agreement can be built and which are likely to work? Maybe la Raza has some ideas but I don’t.

    Dan(Miller)

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Are you kidding, Glenn? Most of Dan’s posts are ironic/sarcastic in nature. I don’t think they’re funny, but possibly others do.

  • Boeke

    IMO the problems are deeper and demand more serious solutions than anything recommended. IMO modern circumstances of travel and communications, etc., are negating traditional ideas of National Sovereignty and Private Property. But I don’t know what the solutions are, and I’m not even trying to figure them out anymore because I’m old and it matters little to me.

  • http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/author/danmiller/ Dan(Miller)

    re Comment #13,

    Most of my recent articles and comments elsewhere fall into the “ironic/sarcastic” category as well, including the one linked in my Comment #8. Some folks don’t seem to realize that and respond as though I had been writing seriously.

    Dan(Miller)

  • zingzing

    handy, it’s possible that glenn was being sarcastic. i’d have to say i hope so. unless he just gets all the dans mixed up. parenthetical dan and racist dan are the only ones i can think of right now, but they get me now and again. yeah, that’s right.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Parenthetical Dan, although we rarely or never agree, is at least a person of intelligence and substance. The other Dan is a like a black hole of bile, interested only in attacking and provoking.

  • Brittanicus

    Illegal immigration & the American Taxpayers

    Just memorize this America–that anything less than stringent immigration enforcement, will echo through the halls of the open border radicals and hundreds of thousands, even millions economic illegal immigrants will surge into your State to take advantage of taxpayers. Less friendly unbending States will send them packing as E-Verify, Secure Communities start to take effect. The TEA PARTY CAUCUS has its own agenda from corporate welfare or Democratic hunt for votes. We need fiscal stability of our government, including far less government; free–FAIR–global commerce with NAFTA and CAFTA that is far from being on equal grounds; with China that owns most of our debt; strong National Security and that means our borders. Until we seal our borders and enforce the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, we are never going to get under control the spiraling 14 Trillion plus US Treasury deficit. As a note, are you aware that 40 billion dollars was sent out of this nation by illegal labor, which is less money into the mainstream of our struggling economy? Read the report “DRAINING AMERICA INTO POVERTY” here.

    WE ALL HAVE A SAY IN THIS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TRAVESTY, BUT WE MUST SPEAK UP; INSTEAD OF WHINING?

    We must put an end to instant citizen birthright for infants of illegal aliens and stop the hemorrhaging of money from State education and free health Care and a overcrowded prison setting. It is known now that 200.000 babies of illegal aliens are born in this nation annually and the burden of welfare falls on the backs of hard-pressed taxpayers. We can no longer afford the Liberal progressives Tax and Spend doctrine for the 20 million plus illegal aliens who have settled here. Every patriotic American must embrace the TEA PARTY CAUCUS, which in reality is a splinter organization of tens of millions divorced from the Republican elites. The TEA PARTY now is our salvation from the billions of dollars, to support foreign nationals and their families and the unceasing avalanche that arrives by jet as overstays on expired visas and through the undermanned borders. Read about illegal aliens voting here.

    The long term consequences of not halting the illegal immigration avalanche is shortage of raw materials. Our leaders don’t just get it, that more population growth means less for all? Oil is the current issue, but fossil fuels are being depleted unless we open Alaska. On the way is water shortage, energy and the growing problem of farmland being cleared for homes.

    ATTN: Rising gas prices are not the main cause of this issue. Speculators are having a great deal to do with insidious problem. We can aid in stopping these incorrigible hikes, by cutting back usage–if not a priority DO NOT DRIVE!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dan –

    No, that won’t work. There are ways to better Mexico’s economy, though:

    1 – legalize marijuana in America
    2 – mandatory registration of all guns sold in America (and background checks of all buyers, including for gun show sales)
    3 – encourage and support unionization of businesses in Mexico. This will (though you’ll disagree) strengthen their legitimate businesses
    4 – freeze all stateside assets (and attempt to do the same internationally) of any Mexican suspected of being involved in the drug trade

    But what’s the chance that the American Right will agree to any of these? Zero.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Another practical and good idea would be to remove the US agricultural subsidies which, under NAFTA, have actually led to Mexico importing food from the USA and driven many of their farmers out of business, whereupon they then migrate to the USA seeking work.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Wow, Glenn is an economic predator of some sort.

    1 – legalize marijuana in America

    At least this makes sense.

    2 – mandatory registration of all guns sold in America (and background checks of all buyers, including for gun show sales)

    More power for the security state when there’s ample evidence that the flow of guns into Mexico is from the south not from the US. I’ve been to gun shows. The chance of an illegal buying a gun at one is less than zero.

    3 – encourage and support unionization of businesses in Mexico. This will (though you’ll disagree) strengthen their legitimate businesses

    Brilliant. Destroy their economy the way unions have destroyed ours.

    4 – freeze all stateside assets (and attempt to do the same internationally) of any Mexican suspected of being involved in the drug trade

    “Suspected”? No due process at all? We currently do this, but only when there is verifiable evidence. This seems like another leftist attack on due process in the name of security and safety.

    Dave

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    So what’s the solution? The ONLY real way to slow down the flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico is to help them become a prosperous and safe country. That’s it in a nutshell. All other solutions – yours, Daves, Dem or Republican plans – which do not meet that goal are simply high-minded but ineffective rhetoric.

    Glenn, my plan does meet the goals you describe. A robust guest worker program would fulfill our labor needs, remove the need for workers to be here illegally and also increase the flow of money and eventually new homegrown businesses into Mexico to raise up their economy in a positive way which efforts like maquiladoros really don’t do. Those workers who would come here legally would send moeny home and eventually go back to Mexico with a wad of cash which they would use to start small businesses improving that economy.

    Makes much more sense than persecting workers for working and employers for employing people.

    Dave

  • zingzing

    dave: “The chance of an illegal buying a gun at one is less than zero.”

    that’s not even possibly true.

    “This seems like another leftist attack on due process in the name of security and safety.”

    you do have a spotty memory. or is it on purpose?

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Brilliant. Destroy their economy the way unions have destroyed ours.

    Um, our economy has not been destroyed.

    And the damage done to it during the last 3 years was primarily through greed and speculation by financial firms. Unions weren’t even part of the picture.

    Public employee unions and the finances of state governments are the only place you might have a case.

    And yet in your home state of Texas, you have a textbook illustration of the disastrous damage caused by conservative tunnel-vision: no one will raise taxes, and they are still making draconian cuts where there is little fat left to remove. So teachers will lose their jobs by the thousands, and that’s just for starters.

    Do you actually think that’s defensible? A good thing?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    Unions destroyed our economy? Would you, Mr. Historian, care to name a single first-world democracy that is not strongly unionized? FYI, America is the LEAST unionized of ALL first-world democracies.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your belief, now!

    And your belief that an illegal can’t buy a gun at a gun show – what, you think the gun dealers won’t sell to someone with brown skin without saying, “papers, please”?

    But you missed my point – it’s NOT illegals that would be doing the buying – it’s COMPLETELY LEGIT BUYERS WHO BUY LOTS OF GUNS AND THEN SMUGGLE THEM TO MEXICO. Are you really so naive to think this doesn’t happen? If you’ll look at the gun-smuggling cases, you’ll find many – or most – involve COMPLETELY LEGIT gun dealers.

    But again, don’t let silly little things like facts get in your way, Dave.

    P.S. – you and I largely agree when it comes to having a guest-worker program. Look back at my writings – did you ever see me advocate the draconian ‘solutions’ that many on the right AND quite a few on the left are supporting? No, you haven’t.

  • Boeke

    Well we had a guest worker program in California, started in WW2 to replace field workers drafted to the war. It had a spotted history, since administration was put in the hands of corporations, who eventually, by market pressures, had to ruthlessly exploit the “Braceros”. Wells Fargo was a leader in that exploitation, withholding an arbitrary fraction of earnings for a mythical retirement program which never developed. Braceros and their families are still fighting to recover that money 50 years after the program ended.

    Nevertheless, it was a pretty good deal for a few Braceros where it was administered by the US government and the simple housing was owned by the government. But the agriculture corps, where they had the opportunity, couldn’t resist the temptation to screw the Braceros.