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Letters to the Editor

Immigration policy

December 17, 2011

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To the editor:

The AP article reporting on state and local efforts to enforce federal immigration and residency policy was a bit behind the curve; this has been going on for a while. The current story is that places like Alabama that have passed legislation designed to be hostile to immigrants are seeing disastrous economic effects. Back in October, the Houston Chronicle reported that farmers in Alabama were facing ruin due to a labor shortage that left their crops rotting in the fields. Local business alliances have come out against Alabama’s immigration measures, and international firms are rethinking plans to invest in the state.

These unfolding events reinforce what White House economic advisers under the Bush administration have already found: that immigration, with or without border inspection of documents, was a net economic benefit to this country. People come to the U.S. don’t only follow jobs; they generate economic activity, which is exactly what we need right now.

Comments

kawrivercrow 2 years, 4 months ago

No one is 'hostile to immigrants'. The issue here is ILLEGAL immigration that, until recently, was escalating at an exponential rate.

Exploiting an 'economic boon' regardless of the legality behind the mechanism is fraught with disastrous consequences.

I could make tBen Chappell's same arguments in favor of the meth trade. Look at who all benefits; ephedrine manufacturers, pharmacies, glassware wholesalers, multiple social services and law enforcement orgs. funded with public dollars, etc. The list goes on and on. A real economic boon, but only in the eyes of the specific recipients, even when they can't or won't see their own their position in the be chain of benefits. Yet, society as a whole loses... a lot

Likewise, someone could drive down Mass St. at 2 AM with a pellet rifle, shooting out windows of storefronts. Now, look who benefits; glaziers, insurance adjusters, actuaries. law enforcement, etc., the list goes on. And don't forget the taxes paid on those new windows. Yet again...who loses? Society.

If I were an ephedrine manufacturer or a glazier expressing my indignity at people for being 'hostile' to tweakers or vandals, most of you would immediately see the ulterior motives behind my charade. Yet, because this has been mislabeled a civil rights topic, the issue is distorted and exploited by people who are gaining from illegal actions and are playing well-meaning but easily manipulated bystanders as pawns in the game.

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

When the laws of an enlightened culture finally catch up with some of the presently "legal" zombies, commenting above, they'll be groaning expatriation and stumbling into the ocean.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 4 months ago

And here, once again, is the oft repeated comment "immigration" when actually what is, and should be, under attack is "illegal immigration." Durn, I can never find articles in the archives here but I'll remind people of the article about the illegal immigrant who caused an accident - killing a young lady - while drunk under his 3rd DUI. He was constantly deported but kept returning! There's a reason to crack down on illegal immigrants and not stop immigration entirely. Let's start getting the terms straight once in a while. As an aside if anyone can provide that like I'd really appreciate it. TIA

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grammaddy 2 years, 4 months ago

Where are these people who have been collecting ue benefits for 99 months or longer? I don't know any. I have a lot of friends who were laid off at the garage door place and many other places around town but none of them collected ue past the first 26 weeks, even if it mean having to take a job where"You want fries with that?" was the most they said to sanybody all day. Who does that?

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ljreader 2 years, 4 months ago

Farmers are not forced to use illegal labor. Migrants can get H-2A work visas. Farmers don't like the paper work and the fact that visa workers must be paid fair wages. Boo hoo. Why not use prisoners? As I recall, this approach was successful in Colorado. It would be interesting to see how many American workers would take these jobs if they weren't receiving unemployment benefits at 2 yr stretches.

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