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Monday, June 21, 2010

Targeting The Abusers In An Interesting Way

Perhaps it's just me, but this makes sense and it's fairly interesting opening move against employers that target employees to abuse.

Conservatives are framing this announcement in order to show that the Obama administration has no interest in "securing the border" and that they have contempt for the rule of law.

Here's where I think they are wrong:

- First: By stating that the government is going to ensure that businesses won't abuse illegal aliens, this will be a huge incentive for all businesses that lured illegal immigrants in with the hope of jobs, only to essentially use them a slave labor, to distance themselves from these practices, thereby forcing immigrants re-evaluate the reasons why they would come to this country.

- Second: If illegals know that they won't be reduced to servitude by these companies, they they would have a competitive wage, this is a great incentive for them to follow government paths to becoming naturalized citizens. Also, this new approach to treating those that come to this country in an equal fashion would likely further decrease immigrant crime.

Granted, those are only two points where this assertion from the Obama administration are seen as a step ( albeit a unique one ) forward to immigration reform, it shouldn't lessen the fact that amnesty was offered to upwards of 4 million illegals during the Reagan administration.

From my perspective, this is appears to be a calculated move by government to see how illegal immigrants and business will respond. One can only guess what fallback provisions the administration has in mind. But, considering this rather ambitious approach, I'm going to guess that conservatives are going to have to come up with some new and rather flip-floppy talking points to make up for their lack of vision on this one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I disagree with your second point: "If illegals know that they won't be reduced to servitude by these companies, this is a great incentive .. to becoming naturalized citizens." If they can be paid like citizens without becoming citizens, then why would they? And I think the Republican opposition is going to jump on it.

But for the most part I agree that immigration reform is necessary, including some form of amnesty.

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