To: george wythe; Congressman Billybob; Sabertooth; Baynative; drypowder; HELLRAISER II; LindaSOG; ...
What's common to nearly all of the illegal scandals we see each week? Federal and state governments seem unable or unwilling to enforce the laws and hold the illegals accountable. Instead, the illegals receive windfalls of government and private services, not to mention compensation in tort actions when they are injured. It's a national disgrace.
I think a large part of the problem can be solved by privatizing the law enforcement as much as possible. It's very unlikely Congress will privatize the border patrol to stop the supply of illegal labor. But it is practical to pass legislation enabling the private sector to reduce the demand for illegal labor.
A good place to start is to hold employers liable for the medical expenses incurred by their illegal employees and to give hospitals currently forced to cover those expenses the right to recover from employers in civil courts. If states passed such laws, the cost of illegal labor would rise sharply, demand would fall, and fewer illegals would find it economically advantageous to flood the border.
This proposal doesn't address every problem but it does at least avoid the Achilles heel of most reform proposals: excessive dependence on government law [non-]enforcement. The only government action required is passing one law in each state (or one at the federal level). And I'm sure there is enough civic outrage in most states to force legislatures to pass the bills.
posted on 02/17/2004 9:13:21 AM PST
You know it amazes me how much we patrol the illegal Cubans coming to our country illegally while giving the Mexicans free reign. I don't have anything against either one, but I don't favor letting either country flood us with illegal immigrants. We as a country are made up of generations of aliens that came from different countries over the years, but that was then and this is now. It's going to have to stop or we won't make it as a country, especially those of us who are working to pay for medical benefits for scumbags who refuse to work or even those who work illegally and get hurt. Either way, we're paying for it and as a tax payer who pay's 25% of every dollar he makes to Uncle Sam, i'm sick and tired of it.
posted on 02/17/2004 9:34:37 AM PST
by HELLRAISER II
(Give us another tax break Mr. President)
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