The Immigration Bill: I Like!
by turnerbroadcasting, Thu Apr 06, 2006 at 08:36:39 AM EDT
I like the bipartisan compromise on immigration - the upshot of it is, that there's 11 Million illegals in the US.
Labor will be happy that the scabs will be sent home, there will be tougher measures in place to hunt down the ones that have been here less than 2 years. Those who headed into town to give birth to their baby in a US hospital, will be turned back if we can. This is a tough situation for some people, but the situation is truly out of control.
But those Latinos who are really changing America anyway - the ones who are bringing tasty burritos and pinatas and even cinco de mayo to become part of our country - the hardworking folks who are up there on the roofs, the ones who are doing all kinds of good work - they who are here for more than 5 years, will be given legal status. This is huge. This means that Labor can approach, and potentially organize them. This also means that the cheap labor that farmers have come to rely on, can stay. Of course, people will have to be paid minimum wage and there are some who say it can't be done but I say, the devil take someone who can't raise their prices to pay their workers 20k per year
to work 60 hours a week hard labor. We're America.
Something Dean said , I thought was really interesting - because I am a fiscal conservative - he said, "We found that (if you pay them a decent wage) they'll go into the center of town and spend part of it."
That is very true. The economy needs people who are not afraid to be on the lower rungs of the ladder, and who can spend without fear of being tracked by their credit card or hunted down with dogs. The economy will get a big boost from what might be 5 million folks suddenly being granted status.
There is government revenue here, as well. Licenses. Fees. All that they will all pay. There is a different mindset. Kids in school go home, to a different language - they struggle to keep up. A person unafraid of being deported might relax, and try to learn some of the language. Scores will go up.
This is a good deal.
Am I wrong?