Immigration Dispute Solves US Unemployment
Written by JB Williams
The current US
unemployment rate is 4.8%, with 7.2 million eligible US
workers out of work.
Meanwhile, the federal
government estimates between 11 and 12 million illegal immigrant workers,
currently gainfully employed in the US.
This means that if the
federal government would round up and deport at least 65% of these illegal
immigrant workers, the US
economy would require roughly 7.2 million legal workers immediately, which we
just so happen to have sitting in unemployment lines right now.
We have the perfect
opportunity to solve two problems with one shot here, don’t we? Or do we?
They will be easy to
round up too. They are marching in our streets right now carrying signs that
say “gringos must go!” and they are preparing a nationwide labor
strike that will make it even easier to round them up. Latinos
Plan Nationwide Worker Strike
The AFL-CIO is on board, AFL-CIO
Condemns Guest Worker Program, even
though that’s only because illegal workers can’t pay union dues.
But still, finally Bush and the unions get to do something together for a
unemployment and 65% of the illegal immigration problem solved all in one swipe…
Bush’s legacy would be untouchable then, wouldn’t it?
Monday morning we can
stop all unemployment benefits because every American seeking a job would have
one. The drain on the US
health and welfare systems from 7 million illegal immigrant families would end.
Non-taxpaying illegal workers would be replaced by 7 million tax paying workers
and life in America
would be grand again! No?
What’s the problem?
Just do it! Right?
Not one of the 7.2
million Americans currently drawing unemployment would show up Monday morning
to fill a single job currently being performed by albeit, “illegal”
immigrants. The people who currently hire albeit, “illegal” casual
laborers, would have crops soon rotting in the fields and that would soon
translate to food shortages, here and abroad. Yes?
Again, we find politics
getting in the way of common sense…
I’ll tell you my
Every spring we remove
old landscaping and put in new. It’s a pretty good sized job, plants,
trees, shrubs, a thousand flowers, and usually a new outdoor fixture of some
kind, a gazebo, a fire pit, a pond or fountain…
Two years ago we decided
to do even more than normal and we called three US landscaping companies to
come give us a bid. It took us a month and a dozen calls just to find three
that would show up and bid the several thousand dollar project.
We didn’t hire the
cheapest bid - we hired what we thought was the best bid, the best company.
Three weeks after the scheduled start date with repeated no-shows and no-calls,
we finally decided to call the second best bidder, which was also a well known US
company in our area.
They promised to be on
the job the following week and two weeks later, had still not shown up to begin
the job. We called number three…. They at least showed up to collect
their “up-front” portion to go buy materials and then never showed
I was telling a neighbor
about my problem one evening when he said he had the same experience, but had
found a crew that could and would do the job. Six weeks behind schedule, and
out the money with the third company, I was ready to try anything.
The crew showed up the
next morning and I never asked if they were legal or illegal, but they were
Four days later, after
showing up every day on time and working through the hot sun till dark without
more than an occasional water or lunch break, they completed a beautiful job
that would have taken any US company we had used in the past two weeks to
complete, not counting the no-show time.
I was so thrilled with their
work habits and work product that I didn’t pay them what they asked, I
paid them 150% of what they asked, which was more than the second highest bid
from the American firms that never showed up.
They were so thrilled
with how we treated them, that they not only offered to come back and weed for
free once a month until the next spring, but they gave us hugs as they were
That’s why we have
immigrant workers taking US jobs and that’s why Bush insists we must have
a guest worker program of some sort.
My story is not unique.
It is a very common story for anyone who ever hires unskilled or even skilled
casual labor today. Ever build a house of your own? Then you have a horror
story of your own… Hire a Mexican, it will all work out.
Watch as students in France
protest new labor laws intended to drop their 10% unemployment rate by making
it legal for employers to fire an employee anytime in their first two years of
employment. The French people have grown accustomed to being guaranteed a job,
so they are offended at any notion that they might actually need to earn their
is following in their footsteps and though many Americans disagree, the fruit
is on the tree….