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    Senior Member zeezil's Avatar
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    The benefits of enforcing immigration laws

    The benefits of enforcing immigration laws
    Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on September 29th, 2007 by MorningStar

    Mark Krikorian wrote in the Los Angeles Times that while it is still too soon to see the statistical evidence of immigration enforcement the consequences of blowing the senate amnesty bill out of the water and insisting on stronger government enforcement of our immigration laws appears to be improved conditions for American workers and communities.

    The first consequence of stepped-up enforcement is attrition of the illegal population — a steady decrease in the total number of illegal aliens as more people give up and go home. Attrition is the real alternative to amnesty, and we’re seeing it work.

    The Arizona Republic ran a story last month explaining how migrants were leaving the state in anticipation of tough new immigration rules. Public radio station WBUR in Boston reported that ‘in the midst of the debate about immigrants coming to America, something unusual is happening in Massachusetts: Brazilian immigrants are quietly packing up and leaving.’ And the Chicago Tribune, reporting on the Pennsylvania town at the forefront of the resistance to illegal immigration, has written that ‘over the summer, when Hazleton officials created the nation’s first ordinance aimed at driving away undocumented residents, thousands of people apparently packed up and left.’

    Far from having ‘unhappy consequences,’ these developments are improving the economic bargaining power of less-skilled American workers. The Rocky Mountain News reported that in Greeley, Colo., ‘the line of applicants hoping to fill jobs vacated by undocumented workers taken away by immigration agents at the Swift & Co. meat-processing plant . . . was out the door.’ New England Cable News reported that only after a raid on a plant making leather goods for the military in New Bedford, Mass., were Americans and legal immigrants able to get hired. As one new employee said of the raid: ‘In a way, you know, it’s sad, and then in a way it’s good because at least it gives people that were not employed for so many years . . . a break to be able to work and support their families.’

    When illegal aliens were removed from a Crider Poultry plant in Stillmore, Ga., the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Wall Street Journal documented the benefits to local workers. The plant raised wages significantly, began offering free shuttles from nearby towns and provided free rooms in a company-owned dormitory. For the first time, Crider sought applicants from the state unemployment office and began hiring probationers and men from a local homeless mission. And, as the Journal noted, ‘for the first time since significant numbers of Latinos began arriving in Stillmore in the late 1990s, the plant’s processing lines were made up predominantly of African Americans.’

    Better enforcement doesn’t result only in economic improvements. While there is an ongoing scholarly debate about the overall crime rates of immigrants versus the native-born, there’s no doubt that tougher enforcement has had a notable effect on gang activity. In an upcoming study, my Center for Immigration Studies reports that using immigration law against gangs has helped bring about a 39% drop in gang activity in the Washington suburb of Fairfax County, and Dallas police report a 20% drop in the murder rate as a result of the same initiative.

    Of course, the consequence of uncontrolled immigration that most ordinary Americans see is what political scientist Peter Skerry calls ’social disorder.’ Hazleton offers a good example: While cleaning graffiti from her building, a local locksmith told the Tribune that ‘about the same time the ordinance passed, the whole tone of the street changed. Virtually overnight, it was a totally different place.’

    The fact that none of this is surprising to anyone except the Democratic Party should not go unnoticed. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi both have sworn to the Hispanic lobbyists that they will get some sort of an amnesty bill signed into law before the end of the 110th session of the U.S. Congress regardless of what the American people want. The entire Democratic Party seems to be under the impression that some sort of amnesty bill must be enacted in order for them to ensure a Democratic victory in the 2008 presidential election and the Democrats are willing to do anything, legal or otherwise, to make that happen.
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    Let's see, if our immigration laws are enforced we get: higher wages for citizens, less gang crime, less social disorder. What do you say about this La Raza ??!
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