rant

Why do “undocumented” people come to the US?  For work, of course.  Instead of, or perhaps in addition to, imprisoning people discovered to be here illegally, they should start cracking down on the people who hire them and imprisoning THEM.  I personally don’t think people should be coming here illegally, but it’s obviously a big part of our economy.  If the illegal entry was eliminated, it could be replaced by expanded, SAFER legal immigration.  I don’t think you need to go chasing after people coming across the border.  If there were no jobs, only people whose lives were truly in jeopardy would come here, actual refugees.  Economic migrants would stay home.  Per WaPo, poultry companies were hiring undocumented immigrants intentionally.  If you read the article, the undocumented workers get arrested and the people who hired them get fined – $3000 a head.  That’s nothing!  To me, it means the US government is not truly motivated to stop illegal immigration.

Don’t tell me they (the poultry companies) couldn’t find Americans willing to do the job.  If the price is right, people will do just about anything.  It costs a small fortune for governments to build things in this country, because they hire unionized, US citizens.  We all deal with the consequences of that.  We can also deal with more expensive food.  And if people don’t like it, legal immigration would be expanded, or guest worker programs, or whatever.  (Even expanding legal immigration from poor countries would help, since it would increase the number of unskilled laborers in the workforce and depress wages, but not as much as bringing in undocumented people does, since they’d have to pay at least minimum wage and benefits.  Which in Seattle is $15 / hour.  And that includes tipped workers.)