Posted by: As I See It by Arnie | July 22, 2007

Illegal aliens not paid enough…in New York town.

The Department of Labor officials ordered the Mayor of Spring Valley, NY, George Dardin, to pay the illegals an additional $30 an hour to comply with the prevailing wage laws of NY. They were working on a urban revitalization project, and were being paid $10 an hour in cash. But that’s not nice. When the prevailing wage for such work is $40 per hour, then the NY Dept of Labor got involved.

“Speaking in Spanish, four of the men said the pay was low, and that they could normally earn $20 an hour for a similar job. But they said they took the job because they needed work. “

“They also said they believed the work could be unsafe, saying the basement was filled with dirty and smelly water.”

But these people are doing the jobs that Americans won’t do. If Americans will not come out and find these kinds of jobs that pay $40 an hour, whose is going to do the work? So, you go to the daily site where workers can be found, and willing and able workers you will find.

The word from the mayor explaining his actions: “I am hiring people who are citizens of Spring Valley and as long as they are here, we need to find something to do rather than to try and find ways to arrest them,” he said. “I’m a family person, and I’m sure they have families here, too. Everybody needs to do things to support their families.”

The word from Bob Dane of the Federation for Immigration reform: “We’ve had laws on the books for years that basically say that it is illegal to hire undocumented workers and frankly, anyone, regardless of whether he’s the mayor or the owner of a landscape company, if they are knowingly hiring illegals … they are aiding and abetting that illegal worker,” he said. “There’s no excuse.” Link to the local story.

These people are just wanting a better life for themselves and their families.

The borders are open. The illegal crossings from Mexico into the US is astounding and it is not slowing down. The department of Homeland Security is doing little to stem the tide. Michael Chertoff informed us this week that the Texas border fence construction will begin by this fall. “I expect we’ll be doing some construction in Texas this fiscal year.” However, the local opposition have expressed “concerns.”

“Border leaders opposed to the fence say local concerns have been ignored. They’re concerned the fence could hurt flood-control systems, wildlife habitats and relations with Mexico.”    Link to this story.

There it is folks. The main reason the fence is not being built is “environmental.” It’s not about people coming here illegally breaking our laws anymore, it’s about protecting a very fragile habitat. And we cannot have that, can we?

It’s been reported that since the President signed the law last year authorizing the building of 700 miles of fencing at our southern border, somewhere around 3 or 13 miles of fence has been built. Since last fall. In 8 months. For arguments sake let’s say that because of surveys, environmental studies and the matter of getting permits etc, it would take on the average a month to build 1 mile of fence. Then, 700 miles of fence equals 58 years of construction time. The year 2065. Oh, heck forget it then.

Put some more math to this. 3 million illegal aliens each year times 58 years and there would be 174 million new Americans. Think of all those new homes that have to be built, all those tomatoes that have to be picked, and on and on and on and on, and American has a problem.

A problem the country does not have the will to solve. But it will not go away, so make the best of it, build a mile a month so we don’t hurt the environment in our haste.

And that’s as I see It now.


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