Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Time to enforce our immigration laws?

“When federal agents descended on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. in December 2006, they rounded up nearly 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants that made up about 10% of the labor force at the plants. But the raids . . . did not cripple the company or the plants. In fact, they were back up and running at full staff within months by replacing those removed with a significant number of native-born Americans . . . That was the most extreme example of what has become an increasingly common result of the raids: "They were very beneficial to American workers" . . . "Whenever there's an immigration raid, you find white, black and legal immigrant labor lining up to do those jobs that Americans will supposedly not do."

As unemployment creeps up to 10%, doesn’t this mean that we should more strictly enforce our immigration laws?

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