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July 12, 2006

Cheap Labor

This arrived in an email forward and I thought I'd share it.

The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor." Take, for example, an illegal Mexican who sneaks in here with his wife and five children. He takes a job for five or six dollars an hour. At that wage with six dependents he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free. He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent, food stamps, and free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care. His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school, and require bi-lingual teachers and books that taxpayers provide. He doesn't have to worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance. Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins, and printed material. He cannot be fired, harassed, or sued. He and his family receive the equivalent of $20 to $30 an hour in benefits, while working Americans are lucky to have $5 or $6 an hour left after paying their bills and his, to say nothing of paying for increased crime, graffiti, and trash cleanup. Cheap labor? My ass!

H/T Brenda

Posted by Seth at July 12, 2006 09:55 PM


Excellent email!

Some 25% of drivers here in the D.C. area are driving around without automotive insurance. I haven't seen any stats as to how many are illegal invaders, but surely some are. God help you if you get into an accident with one!

Posted by: Always On Watch at July 13, 2006 02:11 AM

That is not a comforting thought -- I get up to DC fairly often, and given the voluminous state of traffic up there vs how folks drive in the Latin American countries I've been to, their failure to get a license, which probably means they haven't read a driver's handbook and learned the rules of the road, they present a double threat.

Given that you or I, driving without a license, would be hooked up at the scene and leave in the back seat of a police car, probably be awarded "free rent with a guarantee of 3 hots and a cot" for some period of time, I wonder what happens when one of those criminal aliens gets into the system. Chances are, since it's not a violent felony and there are lawyers who are talented at tear-jerking, "Poor Pablo, here, came to America to escape poverty and feed his starving children, is struggling in a land where he doesn't understand the language, and was driving to his meagre job to put some small sliver of food on the table..." defenses, the mutt would be out and driving again, sans license, in no time, and never even meet anyone from Immigration.

Several years ago, when I was a security supervisor in a casino, we had a case where we arrested the same (and this guy even had a green card) southeast Asian guy twice for felony theft from customers in slot areas (first time a coin cup with several hundred dollars in coins in it, second time -- and my undercovers were right on top of him when he made his move -- a handbag containing several thousands of dollars in cash). He had lifted the handbag from between two slot machines rather than snatching it away from the woman herself, so we couldn't nail him for 'strong-arm robbery', just grand theft. Both arrests were within maybe a week and a half, two weeks of each other.

Within 2 weeks, one of my officers saw him on the street. Highly "empissoned", I called the Immigration office in our county to find out why the criminal hadn't been deported. The answer?

"We're too busy to deal with anyone who's committed anything less than a violent felony."

Posted by: Seth at July 13, 2006 10:36 AM

This just skims the surface. There are so many other programs and wastes of money that go towards the market of illegal aliens and cheap labor. It is costing us BILLIONS and we're stupid to pander our elected leaders to allow it. Whoa. That was long. LOL

Posted by: Raven at July 13, 2006 03:44 PM

But completely correct. The collective sums of money belonging to the American taxpayer that are flushed down that particular commode would probably even intimidate people like Warren Buffet and Bill gates.

Posted by: Seth at July 13, 2006 04:28 PM