The "Do Nothing" Solution to "Illegal Immigration"

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida

Both sides of the political aisle have made a major issue out of the problem of the 11 million people inside the US illegally or presently undocumented. The president has said this is a priority and Florida senator Marco Rubio has agreed. They are theoretically opposed to each other, yet Rubio's proposals entailed in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 don't differ a great deal from Obama's. In a nutshell, Rubio has suggested that the wholesale eviction of 11 million people is impossible and that the bill offers them an opportunity for legalization and permanent residence and citizenship. Naturally, the "jump through hoops" process begins here: Fines and background checks and no federal bennies.

Sounds completely reasonable, but you'd think Rubio had suggested that the government was handing out lollipops and bon-bons, making Spanish the new "official language" and changing the "Star Spangled Banner" to "Guantanmera" by the reaction of his "conservative" peers. A cursory Google reveals an enraged base represented by such intellectual heavweights as and Ann "To Hell With Palin, I Was Here First" Coulter. Any concessions to the teeming masses of south of the border is treasonous amnesty and in their hardly humble opinions, this will lead to "de-Europeanization" (ie less white).

As far as what the generally pitiful Democrats are offering, it is only marginally different than Rubio's idea. Which is also reasonable, but overlooks the crux of the issue, because no one anywhere has to unmitigated gall (until now) to say it: "Illegal Immigration reform" is a solution in search of a problem, because in reality, it isn't a problem at all!

The way I see it, a problem means an aggrieved party and in this instance, there isn't one. People want to hire help for whatever the task is, other people agree to do it for a price, end of story. The idea that "illegal immigrants are stealing American workers jobs" sounds fairly solid on its face unless you happen to live in the American Southwest and notice that wherever day laborers congregate, there aren't a whole hell of a lot of white folks. As far as "taking away jobs that union carpenters/plumbers/electricians do", isn't it the union's job to protect their own for one and for two, a skyscraper isn't built and wired with dudes from the Lowe's parking lot. It is not worth a major contractor's license to screw with E-Verify (I passed an E-Verify check myself a few months ago for my radio show!).

Assuming you "legalized" every man, woman in child in the US tomorrow, what happens? The working person's price rises. Which means that they will be replaced by new people from Central America or Asia that will remain invisible. See, we are a free country with open borders--people can come and go as they please, this isn't a gulag (yet) (The irony of the most virulent anti-USSR voices being the loudest for a border fence is astounding). Not only is there no way to stop it, there isn't even a real reason to stop it--as China and Japan might tell you, an aging and shrinking worker base is starting to hurt them and hard.

Fact is, both major political parties support and oppose it for a pair of reasons of their own. Democrats love this, as it accelerates the "Bluing" of the Southwest with millions of new voters beholding and grateful to them, making a Republican national electoral victory mathematically impossible. The other reason they love it is because it replenishes their most loyal and organized base, labor. Republicans hate it for two reasons as well--newly legal workers will have more rights, bargaining power and higher pay, which means that a new cheap labor era is gonna take a while. The other reason is the one they vehemently deny but is as obvious as the honkers on their maps--their base's great unifier isn't economics or even social issues, but race. That the Dixiecrats of the last century are now almost entirely Republican. The glue that holds them intact, whether they'd care to admit it or not, is white supremacy. And a sea of legal Americans that are a deeper shade of soul galls them to the cores of their rancid selves. Were they serious about "sending all of these people back to where they came from", they'd boycott every and any business that employs them, which means they'd pretty much have to stop eating. I've seen what the average reactionary looks like--that ain't happening.

In fact, when the "illegals" are white, they say nothing.

Obama and Rubio both cry out that the system is "broken" but it isn't. Undocumenteds pour billions into the coffers of state and federal and don't get it back and whatever their costs are to health or schools, they're balanced off by what the public saves in lower food and service costs. They're a wash. Which means that any changes to the laissez-faire system only make everyone's life harder and more complex. If there is a solution, the easiest one would be a "seven year rule"--you prove you've actually been here 7 years, no criminal record, you take a citizenship test, that's it. 

We have undocumented people in this very neighborhood. They want the same things we do. That's good enough for me.









into your last paragraph in the blog?

Personal taxes at minimum wage are pretty low, also working under the table doesn't create a lot of payroll tax money. For an individual not getting back 300$ in taxes, or not paying any payroll taxes doesn't add up to taking 10.000 out of the economy.

You have to try pretty hard to make your numbers work.

We are all in this together, do you make sure not to spend money that may go to a arms producer... At this point considering the millions of patents that these corporations hold, and how they have their fingers in every manufacturing and technical pie, you might have to cut out a lot of your life. Riding in a car, bus, or airplane will likely be out for example.

If any of your money goes to these companies we should let them break the law with impunity because you use their products and intellectual licensing.

Posted by Matlock on May. 19, 2013 @ 11:35 am

What about what the People of the United States want? That is, what is dispassionately in OUR BEST INTERESTS? Away with this partisan gimmick.
More importantly, what about what the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment requires: no ethnic group shall receive favorable treatment under law...which is precisely what this proposed "reform" touch and concerns. I find it disheartening that the same GOP elected officials and pundits that prate on and on about the "slippery slope" of any commercially reasonable gun control may lead to the erosion of "our way of life"- or Bill of Rights- seem to have no concept of how their "newfound enlightenment" on providing amnesty to the 20,000,000+ illegal aliens presently in our jurisdiction contravenes the express language of the same Constitution they have repeatedly stated requires a "strict construction". Which is it? Does the Bill of Rights require a strict construction or not?
Here, the legal principle of "judicial estoppel" comes to mind, i.e., the GOP leaders cannot invoke "strict construction" at one point of Obama's tenure and then flip flop at a later point simply because they deem it politically advantageous. Conspicuously, any law school graduate can attest that the proposed amnesty will NEVER pass Constitutional scrutiny. Period. So why propose Legislation that is void ab initio? The only thing that any reasonable person can expect to follow is that every disadvantaged person in this god-forsaken-world is going to say "all I have to do is make it across the border", which, as we all know...simply does NOT exist. What does, however, irrefutably exist is the tremendous fiscal burden that illegal immigration costs our schools, courts, penal and health care systems. These are REAL costs in a time of record deficits. Isn't it true that ENTITLEMENT costs for EXISTING citizens is the biggest drain on our budget? So how can anyone credibly contend adding tens of millions in new citizens (plus all they are foreseeably going to bring here or reproduce) not be at the forefront of the discussion? Oh, I forgot. The GOP has ignorantly derived opposition to what the rest of us should oppose via of fiscal prudence and maintaining basic sovereignty rights? Puzzling.
It's called lifeboat ethics + basic mathematics in a unique time in History when the Biosphere itself could change for the materially worse, e.g., droughts and famine. As such, here the GOP wants its cake and eat it too, i.e., if the GOP is really the "fiscally prudent" party, it needs to come clean and identify how EXACTLY our Congress is going to bankroll the social safety net for these illegal aliens that amnesty entails. The majority of the People are OPPOSED to diluting their own voting power for ZERO consideration. Sorry, these people chose to break the law, Senator McCain, to come "mow lawns" or do arguably undesirable jobs as a lower priced labor force, but a lot of desirable blue collar jobs (e.g., construction) have been usurped. So I challenge the proponents to reconcile these "real world" considerations and, above all, the Constitutionality. After all, Lady Liberty is blind and our Congress only has a Fiduciary Duty to the People that are citizens. Which Amendment is next on account of "poor little _______"? Whether the Afghani kids or Mexican kids seeking a better life...our Congress must do what's best for its constituents, i.e., not posture for new Hispanic ones and trample the Equal Protection Clause in the process.
The rule of law works and is.

Posted by Guest on May. 20, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

Guest, you don't understand the first thing about the Equal Protection Clause, and your convoluted argument has little or no basis in fact. Under the 14th Amendment, the EPC provides that "no state shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." As the wording suggests (& in its legal interpretation), the clause applies any *person*, not just U.S. citizens. And no one is receiving favorable treatment. If you had actually bothered to look at the language in the proposed bill, you'd discover that it is filled with punitive provisions aimed at immigrants and immigrants only.

It was difficult to follow your nonsensical argument, however you said something that caught my attention because it was so revealing about your true motive. You said: "The majority of the People are OPPOSED to diluting their own voting power for ZERO consideration."

So, is that what's got your panties in a bunch, Guest? Well, I think Greg got your number. You're scared shitless that in the not-so-distant future, Latinos will outnumber whites, and your voting power will be "dilluted". And that's where all this talk about the EPC "favoring" the undocumented is really coming from. Fess up! And that's why you're fanning the flames of discontent with all this dire talk about (undocumented) immigrants taking American jobs, etc., because, let's face it, you're just a pathetic chicken little. I swear, no matter how many times I've posted facts and links to show that immigrants do not take American jobs (they do the dirty work that no one wants, not the skilled jobs), and are ineligible for social services, you persist with these patent absurdities which only serve distract, mislead and inflame people who should know better. All because you're jumping out of your skin over your fears of a changing America (North America). Ah, I feel for you, I really do. Pobrecito! You're whistling in the dark.

Posted by Ana on May. 21, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

Brevity, honey, brevity.

Posted by Guest on May. 21, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

Why don't you go tweet someone and leave the policy debate to learned minds?

Posted by Guest on May. 25, 2013 @ 3:36 am

Is that so?

As a member of the CA bar, I take exception to your conclusory babble. I don't understand the law? Are you even a lawyer?

The Equal Protection Clause may be aptly summarized as follows: similarly situated persons should NOT be treated equally under the law. Tell me, how can you even argue that this "class" of lawbreakers isn't getting favorable treatment (i.e., de facto "amnesty") by the State? So, people that break other laws (see, e.g., Lauren Hill) have to serve time for their violations...but illegal immigrants get rewarded? Explain how that doesn't pass muster.

Even McCain says they "deserve" it because (drumroll, please) "they mow our lawns and help raise our babies." Well, so did a Danish au pair in our household for my half-sisters twenty years ago. What, if she was living here when this purported "reform" may materialize SHE doesn't become a citizen too?

"Well, no, it's only Hispanic immigrants."

Any State action that takes race (i.e., a suspect class) into consideration is void ab initio.

Get real.

Posted by Guest on May. 25, 2013 @ 3:35 am

Er, The Equal Protection Clause may be aptly summarized as follows: similarly situated persons should be treated equally under the law. Duh.

Posted by Guest on May. 25, 2013 @ 3:37 am

Ps. I love how you presuppose that anyone that opposes Unconstitutional State action has to have some "racial fear" of Latinos.

A more apropos inference would be that you are relegated to making unfounded points because you cannot refute the merits, much less reconcile the self-evident quagmire of the COST associated with such "reform".

The "reform" is Unconstitutional in any event.

POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

Posted by Guest on May. 25, 2013 @ 3:45 am

btw Johnny, this was a kick-ass piece! I really enjoyed your witty and insightful commentary . It's just a shame that the sound-bite crowd seldom reads past the lede because this was a stellar piece. I'm looking forward to more from you.

Posted by Ana on May. 22, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

Telling the people you won't take care of to immigrate to your northern neighbor so they get jobs, an education, free healthcare and their butts kissed with special treatment is without question the most RACIST policy for any country to have. 42.8 MILLION foreign workers are in the US legally and I'm betting it's close to 30 MILLION ILLEGAL immigrant scumbags are in the US breaking laws 24/7.

They hate the US but clog the ERs, schools, demand racist scholarships, have anchor babies (no other country does this), and pull the race card when you arrest them. It's not about nationality or race - it's about breaking the LAWS of this country. If you don't want to come here legally to begin with, assimilate, work and pay your fair share of taxes, not peddle drugs or sex - then stay the hell out. We have enough American freeloaders who are unskilled workers in this country.

As a matter of fact for the ignorant racists here I'd like to point out that AMERICANS did every single one of those jobs. I used to work in a nursery for MINIMUM wage and the ILLEGAL immigrants they hired earned more than I do. I had to fight with illegal immigrants over landscaping bids. If someone undercuts you by as much as 75% I want you to get off your lazy racist butt and work for $4/hr. You won't do it and Americans can't. I would also like to point out the destruction of this country's infrastructure by both legal and illegal immigrants. $128 BILLION dollars was siphoned off of our consumerist economy in one year by foreign workers. It's an outright lie that there aren't any Americans who can do those jobs - the foreign workers are just cheaper and the companies that hire them face no repercussions just yet.

ILLEGAL immigrants send $23 Billion to Mexico alone which is only second to their oil profits. If a country refuses to care for it's own people and tells them to go north, steal jobs and SEND money back - how the hell is that ok? That's money NOT spent in the US. Money is sent to Europe, India, China, and the Philippines and in a CONSUMERIST economy that means less buying power for the citizens. Sales taxes that would go to buffer state funds are sent out of the US. Our economy is being literally drained of power and productivity. This is just insane that our own representatives are selling us out like this.

We need a smart immigration system that treats illegal immigrants like the criminals they are, ruthlessly prosecute those who hire them, end "birthright citizenship" (this would stop the tourism birth hotels too), and get a handle on who is in this country and why. I'm all for people going back and forth LEGALLY but to cater to the criminal is just stupid. All we are doing is giving them more incentive to come here illegally, play the race card, and throw away finite resources on people who are an outright burden. Indeed they've been thrown away by their own countries but they play the race card against US citizens claiming that the country is still run only by white people. Wow, their racism is just staggering along with the ignorance of those they are throwing out of their own countries.

Those who originally immigrated here had their health checked, were vaccinated, and actually assimilated without any race biased treatment (Hispanics get racist scholarships, grants and just press #2 for Spanish for example). If you hyphenated anything it wasn't your national identity. American was what you wanted to be. If you want to be a racist and a Separatist then you need to move to the country you are first identifying with, i.e., "Mexican-American". Move to Mexico then if you hate the US so much. Blaming the "white devil" for all your problems is RACIST. Not all Americans are white and quite frankly we're that mix of legal immigrants and Native tribes to begin with. The Polish, Germans (which was almost our language), Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Armenians, Japanese, etc. ALL came here to work and to assimilate in order to be successful happy citizens, not to play the race card, victimize the natives already there, and to demand special treatment. They were there for an opportunity and not a handout unlike the ILLEGAL immigrants of today. Screw them and anyone dumb enough to believe their racist lies. Do you want this country to become a third world dump so they'll start finding another country to victimize? Do you think Canadians would put up with this crap?

Obviously there are people here who have no idea what it's like to have had to sweat for a paycheck, let alone compete with criminals for a job. I used to love landscaping and now I don't have a yard because there's no joy in your stupid "Christian" neighbor telling you about his "Mex-ee-cun yard boy" who killed his tree. Then he tries to convince you to hire that piece of felonious crap. Yeah, stupid people who refuse to demand their representatives hold their interests in priority in Washington instead of some foreign criminal are doomed to be left holding the bill for freeloaders from other countries as well as the domestic ones.

Want to keep letting those freeloaders come here illegally to rob, rape, murder, depress wages, spread disease in the US? Don't be surprised when the next pandemic spreads here from the southern border and when the young and disenfranchised start rioting like they are now the world over. You made your beds, now go lie in them you ignorant racists.

Posted by Red, White and Screwed on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 8:40 am

ok you say billions pour that money into our system. well i hate to tell you, tour wrong, but you are. i have two neigbors. one on a work visa, he works two jobs. one job supports his family here. and the other job he sends all of the money to his mom in jamacia. the other neighbors. he works to pay bills here, and she(guessing wife) works and sends her money to family in monteray. those two house holds work on cash basis for companys(friends/relatives here) and only pay taxes at stores not what on they make. also the kids go to public school as they were born here in the states.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 17, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

It wasn't clarified how immigrants are taking native jobs.

Posted by Kayla Titus on Oct. 02, 2013 @ 10:37 am

H1-B's are positioned as addressing skills that we are short of, but weaker hands like Marcos feel threatened by his "Asian Invasion".

Posted by Guest on Oct. 02, 2013 @ 10:48 am

You Fu.cking tard.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 30, 2013 @ 10:33 am

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