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Villaraigosa Excoriates D. H. S. For Immigrant Raids

by D. E. Carson (writer), , April 17, 2008

Los Angeles mayor wants ICE to leave businesses alone in L.A.

I know how John McClane felt in Die Hard 2: Die Harder when he said, “I’m really getting tired of being right all the time.”

Remember I wrote an article where I laid the murder of Jamile Andre Shaw, Jr., at the feet of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa? Remember that I said that it was L.A.’s sanctuary city policy that allowed Pedro Espinosa to remain in the city because Los Angeles has an official policy of not helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents locate and deport known illegal aliens? Remember how I said that the reason for this policy was because Villaraigosa was trying to stack his constituency so that he could have the latino community behind him when it came time to move on in his political ambitions?

You need look no further than the April 10, 2008 issue of The Los Angeles Times to see that I was right. Staff writer Anna Gorman wrote an article [1] about L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa writing a very strongly-worded letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. In his letter, Villaraigosa excoriates Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security saying that ICE is going after “established, responsible employers” with “significant reliance on workforces that include undocumented immigrants.”

Exactly what part of “illegal alien” does Villaraigosa not get? Calling them “undocumented immigrants” doesn’t change the fact that these people are illegal aliens and they are breaking the law. Furthermore, the companies that hire illegal aliens are also breaking the law and they, too, deserve to be punished for it. If an American company wants to remain competitive in the market, breaking the law is not the way to do it. No American would stand for a company that violates environmental laws, so why is it okay for them to violate employment laws? America is a nation of laws and Antonio Villaraigosa seems to have forgotten that.

As I said in my previous article, Villaraigosa is more interested in his own political ambitions than he is in the best interests of Los Angeles. If he were interested in the future of Los Angeles, he would support the recent ICE raids on companies in Los Angeles that hire illegal aliens in favor of making sure that legal Los Angeles residents have jobs.

Times writer Gorman spoke with Ira Mehlman, the spokesman for the Federation for America Immigration Reform, an organization that advocates stronger border security. Mehlman agrees that the strongest lure of illegal aliens into America is the knowledge that they can get work without having to be a citizen. “Cutting off the magnet of jobs has to be the number one priority if you want to get a handle on illegal immigration,” Mehlman said. But Villaraigosa disagrees, “[E]ven the most scrupulous and responsible employers have no choice but to rely on workers whose documentation, while facially valid, may raise questions about their lawful presence.”

They have no choice, Mr. Mayor? Hardly. Everyone has a choice. They could be diligent in following the law and only hiring those applicants who are legally allowed to work in the United States. Even the mayor’s spokesperson, Matt Szabo is out of touch. “At a time when we are facing an economic downturn and gang violence at epidemic levels, the federal government should focus its resources on deporting criminal gang members rather than targeting legitimate businesses.”

Americans are sick and tired of watching jobs being lost to illegal aliens. The reason employers risk fines from the federal government is because they seem to think that it is cheaper to hire illegal aliens than to pay fines. But as Mehlman said, “you take away 100 illegal aliens from [employers] and they could have 100 more before lunch. But you take the head of personnel, that’s another matter.” Mehlman was referring to going after the employers who hire the illegals.

Is stopping the supply of illegal aliens into the American workforce going to be a benefit to the nation? Sure it will. It will open up jobs for Americans. Now we can all hear the whining of employers who say, “I can’t get Americans to do the kinds of jobs that illegal aliens will do.” The answer is simple: find a way to raise the wages for those jobs until Americans will do those jobs. Do prices really have to go up to raise wages? No, they don’t. There is a common economic myth that says, when wages go up, prices go up. The reason for this myth is because people do not understand the difference between profit and profit margin – and this includes many business people. But that is all a discussion for another article.

The absolute best way to curb illegal aliens is to turn off the light that draws them to America. When we begin enforcing our employment laws, illegal aliens will no longer be able to get jobs here, Americans will be able to get jobs here and the economy will begin moving again because American money will stop getting caught up in that giant sucking sound coming out of Mexico. It will stay here, be spent here buy things here and benefit businesses here.

Villagaigosa has shown himself to be out of touch with what is really wrong with Los Angeles. Until he wakes up and realizes that he is in the wrong, the problems are only going to get worse.


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