Skip to comments.'Slavery' called a growing fear for immigrants
Posted on 05/08/2005 6:46:48 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
PARAMUS - Victims of human trafficking are growing in numbers "right underneath our noses," North Jersey Asian-Americans were told Saturday in a workshop designed to help community activists identify and assist the casualties of this "modern-day slavery."
According to government estimates, between 18,000 and 20,000 immigrants are smuggled into the United States every year for labor or sexual exploitation - including some 4,000 coming to New Jersey - mostly from Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
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Thousands of Slaves still in New Jersey? Isn't that a Northern State...how can that be.
How many are there, really, and where are they? Seems to me the "system" will free them if we know where they are.
There's a simple solution: Leave.
It's one of the reasons illegal immigration exists. When people come here illegally they face deportation if they report mistreatment. If they come here legally they are protected under our laws and they have recourse and a means of escaping the situation.
If only we could popularize the notion that these people will be turned into slaves... It would solve our immigration problem.
The title of the article should be "'Slavery' called a growing fear for illegal aliens"
These people are not immigrants, and I am personally sick of "Asian American, African American,Mexican American, etc." You're either an American or not. Come to this Country legally, you are entitled to our laws, come here illegally, you get NOTHING.
Shush.!! How can we get more people to come to the U.S. and be our slaves if this secret gets out?
No it wouldn't. What I fear, and I think I've heard Victor Davis Hanson express similar ideas, is that America never gave up its need for slavery. We've just relabeled it "menial labor."
If this is true, the implications to our sense of self-respect and our ability to treat our fellow human beings fairly would be severely compromised. I think the illegal immigration crisis is rooted in this problem. It is why Wall Street refuses to help solve it. It is why there is bipartisan denial as wide as the Mississippi.
I'm not talking about mandating minimum wages or anything like that. I'm talking about what we think about others who work for us, and what that means to our fellow human beings. When people can't raise families on their wages, what does that say about our commitment to a humane economy? If we intentionally relegate certain jobs to the level of "slave labor" (calling it menial), no amount of social Darwinism can justify our economic ethics.
Illegal immigration would be the only way to satisfy demand for such labor, if this were true. I look around at the people working at illegal wages, and I see slaves.
I don't believe that a "free market" exists when supplemented by unfair labor prices. If the market were based on fair practices, it would equalize itself out and minimum wages could go away. I'm saying that true capitalism where a community matters can solve this problem. If we don't try to solve it, the Marxists among us will continue to have popular support. In other words, we should solve them in the Republican party. We should end illegal immigration and pay American citizens and legal immigrants what the market then dictates.
What you're missing is that if they thought they would be slaves, they wouldn't come.
I concur. The next time you read "Euro-American" on these boards, whack them too.
It's more important to think about how we think of them.
lol, i guess i'll take my lumps :)
I wish it were that simple. My belief is that illegal aliens do not have the same rights as an American citizen....Enter the ACLU. I thought that the acronym (ACLU) stood for AMERICAN Civil Literties Union?
The ACLU should be sued for false advertising. They're not American (read: they don't have America's best interests at heart), they are not civil, and they only believe in the liberties of deviants, criminals, and atheists. The only truth in their name is "Union." And we know just how righteous unions are, right?
Fernando Ortiz was a landscape engineer on Long Island who had demanded to be able to vote, on the basis that he had been paying state and federal taxes for ten years. Actually, he had been stopped from casting a ballot by a poll watcher who had suspected his citizenship status, and (illegally, as it turned out) demanded proof of his identity and legal qualification to vote. Ortiz had won a multi-million dollar settlement against the Republican Party of New York in the subsequent racial profiling and ethnic intimidation civil suit, but he did not stop there.
Instead, with massive support from the ACLU and various Hispanic immigrants rights foundations, he had pressed his demand to be allowed to vote all the way to the Supreme Court and he won. The Supreme Court, in its famous 5-4 decision, ruled that negligence in securing Americas borders against illegal immigration on the part of the federal government, could not be held against undocumented workers who played by the rules and paid their taxes, once they were established in Americalegally or not. The federal government had not taken reasonable efforts to secure the border, and had not pursued "undocumented workers" in the USA. Instead, it openly permitted them most of the benefits of citizenship, and it collected their taxes. "No taxation without representation!" was the cry heard all the way to the Supreme Court. The State of New York had then sleep-walked through an aimless and desultory case for denying the voteand citizenshipto undocumented workers.
Following Ortiz v. New York, a stunned America woke up to discover that there were not only an amazing twenty-two million illegal aliens hiding in plain sight across the land, but that eight million of them immediately qualified to vote. In a nation split 50-50 down party and ideological lines, these eight million new voters were recognized to be the certain majority-makers in future elections, and both parties set record lows for cravenness in pandering to their needs. Chief among their needs were liberal new family reunification laws, and these instant citizensillegal aliens only a year beforebegan bringing the remainders of their families to the USA. Legally.