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Monday, April 17, 2006

Illegal Immigrants


Myths And Lies Of Illegal Immigration
By Kathy McKee
The Sonoran News
January 4, 2004

Because the pro-illegal alien lobby has a bottomless pit of money and can hire PR people to spin (and fabricate) anything any way, there are an undue number of myths and lies that the public (and many politicians) has bought into. The FACTS are:

1. It is NOT racist to call these people “illegal aliens” In fact, “illegal aliens” is the only term used in federal laws and regulations to describe criminals (and they ARE criminals) who come into our country illegally. They are not illegal immigrants, not undocumented immigrants, not migrant workers, and not day laborers - they’re ILLEGAL ALIENS.

2. Mexico is NOT a poor country. It has the fifth richest economy in the world, and by sending its teeming masses to our country, that status keeps on rising. Mexico has more resources per square mile than the U.S. and plenty of money to take care of its own people. Why should the taxpayers of this country subsidize Mexico’s corruption?

3. Illegal aliens are NOT necessarily coming here to work. Lou Dobbs recently reported that 33 percent of our prison population is now comprised of non-citizens. Plus, 36 to 42 percent of illegal aliens are on welfare. So, for a good proportion of these people, the American dream is crime and welfare, not coming here to work.

4. Illegal aliens are NOT doing work Americans won’t do. What jobs won’t Americans do? In most states, Americans still clean their own houses, do their own landscaping, clean hotel rooms, work in restaurants and fast food places, paint houses, DO CONSTRUCTION WORK, work in airports, etc. - just like we have the past 200 years before “our” government allowed these people to invade our country. There are 18 million Americans who cannot find a job, so illegal aliens who are coming here to work do so at peril to American workers.

5. Illegal aliens absolutely do not contribute more than they cost. Certainly the millions in prison and on welfare aren’t contributing a dime to our economy, and the ones who are working often are paid in cash with no deductions for taxes at all. The ones who use fraudulent social security numbers and qualify to pay taxes and social security have so many deductions for dependents that they pay little if any taxes. We have seen them pay less than $100 in taxes and get back $4,000 refunds (thanks to earned income tax credits and multiple dependents). The CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES estimates that the average Mexican illegal alien costs U.S. taxpayers a whopping $55,000 each. Some bargain, eh?

6. The economy does NOT depend on illegal aliens. Sure, greedy CEOs (making $50 to $150 MILLION a year) and business owners depend on illegal aliens, but due to #3, #4 and #5 above, the only thing illegal aliens are contributing to is the collapse of our economy and making the rich richer.

7. Without illegal aliens, the price of agricultural products and other goods and services will NOT soar. The definitive study on this subject is the University of Iowa’s “How Much Is That Tomato?” The study concludes that ‘since labor is such a small component of the end-price of agricultural products (which includes price to the growers, transportation costs, processing /storage costs, grocers’ profit, etc.), using minimum wage workers instead of illegal aliens would increase prices of agricultural products by approximately 3 percent in the summer and 4 percent in the winter ... hardly the making of $10 heads of lettuce, $25 hamburgers, $1,000 per night Days Inn hotel rooms like the pro-illegal alien lobby claims.

8. Consumers are NOT benefiting from lower labor costs. Again, it’s CEOs and business owners who benefit from taxpayer subsidies for their illegal alien workers. The Big Three automakers say they moved so many jobs to Mexico because their labor costs are 80 percent less than in America. Anybody notice the price of new cars spiraling downward under NAFTA?

So, before you believe the prevalent pack of lies perpetuated by the illegal alien lobby, which makes billions off this government-sanctioned criminal activity, ask yourself who’s saying this garbage and look at what they have to gain. Citizens Against Illegal Immigration, just like Protect Arizona NOW, is an all-volunteer, totally grass-roots organization of citizens who are making nothing and have nothing personal to gain from their efforts to fight this corruption. Whose side are you on, and what are YOU doing to save your state and country from this evil?

McKee is the state coordinator of Citizens Against Illegal Immigration, as well as director of Protect Arizona NOW. A former Quaker Sunday School teacher and Volunteer of the Year in a large metropolitan area, she has a 35-year record of charity work and philanthropy largely benefiting minorities.


Arrival Of Aliens Ousts U.S. Workers
By Jerry Seper
The Washington Times
April 10, 2006

An Alabama employment agency that sent 70 laborers and construction workers to job sites in that state in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina says the men were sent home after just two weeks on the job by employers who told them “the Mexicans had arrived” and were willing to work for less.

Linda Swope, who operates Complete Employment Services Inc. in Mobile, Ala., told The Washington Times last week that the workers—whom she described as U.S. citizens, residents of Alabama and predominantly black—had been “urgently requested” by contractors hired to rebuild and clear devastated areas of the state, but were told to leave three job sites when the foreign workers showed up.

“After Katrina, our company had 70 workers on the job the first day, but the companies decided they didn’t need them anymore because the Mexicans had arrived,” Mrs. Swope said. “I assure you it is not true that Americans don’t want to work.

“We had been told that 270 jobs might be available, and we could have filled every one of them with men from this area, most of whom lost their jobs because of the hurricane,” she said. “When we told the guys they would not be needed, they actually cried ... and we cried with them. This is a shame.”

Mrs. Swope said employment agencies throughout Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi faced similar problems, when thousands of men from Mexico and several Central and South American countries—many in crowded buses and trucks—came into the three states after Katrina, looking for employment and willing to work for less money.

The number of foreign workers who flooded the area after the hurricane has been estimated at more than 30,000. Many of them have been identified by law-enforcement authorities and others as illegal aliens.

The Gulf Coast Latin American Association noted in a report that whether those workers will remain after the cleanup work is completed is not clear, but the longer those jobs last, the more likely it is that the workers will settle permanently. After Hurricane Andrew hit southeastern Florida in 1992, the association said, the construction boom attracted large numbers of Hispanic immigrants to several areas, including Homestead, Fla., where the Latino population doubled during the 1990s.

Many of the illegal aliens came into the Gulf Coast states not only from south of the border but also from California, Arizona and Texas, responding to the demand for workers. U.S. Border Patrol officials in the three states have reported an increase in the number of illegals apprehended.

Some of the migrants who did get jobs in the Gulf states also were mistreated, records show. Two class-action lawsuits are pending in federal court in New Orleans in which thousands of migrant workers said they never were paid, although many worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week and were required to remove toxic contamination from hurricane-ravaged buildings.

Some of the named companies were working on contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government agencies.

Government estimates put at 400,000 the number of jobs lost in the Gulf region as a result of Katrina, which displaced more than 1.5 million people, and many of those workers left the area to seek employment elsewhere because available construction, laborer and cleanup jobs in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi had been filled by foreign workers, including illegal aliens.

President Bush last week signed the Katrina Emergency Assistance Act of 2006, which extended for 13 weeks unemployment compensation benefits to more than 140,000 residents of the Gulf states who were displaced from their jobs by Katrina. Their benefits, funded by FEMA, had expired March 4.

Would-be employers in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, awash in cleanup and reconstruction jobs, faced little in the way of legal problems in hiring the illegal aliens after Katrina because the Department of Homeland Security temporarily suspended the sanctioning of employers who hired workers unable to documenttheir citizenship

Mr. Bush also had suspended the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires local contractors to pay “prevailing” wages, in the areas hit by Katrina to encourage reconstruction and cleanup.

“The men we sent to jobs in Alabama were local fellows looking for work, men who needed jobs,” Mrs. Swope said. “After driving 50 miles to the work sites where they had been promised $10 an hour, they discovered the employers had found substitutes who were willing to work for less.”


Immigrants No Danger To Jobs In U.S.
By Jared Bernstein
Economic Policy Institure
April 26, 2006

As throngs of immigrants rally in scores of cities and Congress has to further debate an immigration bill, there still is one question that is not being considered.

Would natives have done much better had there been fewer immigrants in the job market? There’s no definitive way to know, but a hard look at the labor market suggests immigrant workers are not a threat to natives.

First, what’s changed in our job market over the past few years is not the growth of labor supply; it’s the lack of labor demand. Back in the late 1990s, immigrant inflows were larger than ever, yet we created enough jobs to absorb most of these workers, along with native job-seekers, and their wages and incomes grew significantly over these years. It’s no coincidence the debate over immigrant competition occurred at a much lower decibel level then.

In this decade, we’ve had the longest jobless recovery on record, followed by a job creation rate that’s tepid in historical terms. Were job creation occurring at the rate of the last recovery, we’d be averaging 300,000 jobs per month instead of 200,000. That difference of 1.2 million jobs per year would make a huge difference in terms of providing enough slots for all job-seekers.

Second, in some parts of the country, immigrants dominate occupations to the extent that they’re more likely to compete with each other than with native workers. For example, immigrants account for about half of non-managers in construction in New York and Washington. Moreover, the fact construction was one of the few industries to boom over the past five years is one reason immigrants’ net job gains have outpaced those of natives. Again, the role of labor demand and job creation is an overlooked determinant of outcomes in this debate.

Third, one area where there does appear to be some crowding out in recent years of native workers by immigrants is among high school dropouts. But there are mitigating factors to consider here as well. As would be expected in an advanced economy like ours, high school dropouts are a small and shrinking share of our workforce (11 percent of the adult workforce last year), and immigrants are a fast-growing share of this disadvantaged group, while the native share is contracting.

Basically, if you’re a native worker without a high school diploma, you face tremendous barriers in the job market, of which immigrant competition is only one. As the New York Times reported recently, 72 percent of young, black, male high school dropouts are incarcerated or jobless. But does anyone really think that were immigrant competition to let up significantly, their fate would be significantly altered?

Natives and immigrants alike reasonably worry about the ability of our job market to absorb seemingly endless flows of new workers. And all of us should question Congress’s rationale for adding hundreds of thousands of new temporary work visas as part of immigration reform.

But for all 140 million people in our job market, immigrant and native-born alike, the most important missing ingredient right now is a much more balanced economy, one where overall growth lifts the rowboats as well as the yachts, regardless of from which shore they hail.

Jared Bernstein is senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.



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