I wasn't going to post on this, but it was being batted about on Pat White's show yesterday, so I thought I ought to comment. A letter to the editor takes me to task on illegal immigration (or, as the president has taken to calling it, "migration"):
Leo Morris' editorial briefs March 12 were so typical of our new rhetoric. He wrote, "They are right to be worried," regarding a raid on a company in Mishawaka for hiring "illegal immigrants" last week. Morris concludes his brief with "We will continue to keep saying what we always have : What part of 'illegal' are people failing to comprehend?"
My question is, do you really want all the "illegal" immigrants to leave Fort Wayne?
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Fort Wayne would shut down in a day if we lost our "illegal" workers. They are an absolutely vital part of our economy, but we can keep them at slave rates (with the ever-present threat of deportation) by keeping the precious word "illegal" and having these bogus raids. The fact is, it is not that we don't want them here; it's that we don't want them here legally.
Yes, a large part of the business community wants to keep illegals here and keep them illegal; it tends to hold costs down. That's one of the factors driving the insane open-border movement. Another is the policy of granting citizen status to the children of illegals born here.
Fort Wayne would shut down? I doubt it. Labor would rush in to fill available jobs, but the costs of some goods and services would go up. We would also end the two-tiered system of employment that exploits people. Seems like a fair trade-off to me.