Ever wonder what the word “illegal” actually means? Try substituting the word “Invisible” and you will begin to understand a few of today’s labor issues. There’s lots of bosses out there that want invisible labor.
Invisible: concealed from public view.
Invisible means you can work them and pay close to nothing and not pay employment tax, provide no safe working standards, pay no work comp, save on all other things you have to give US workers. On top of these benefits invisibles bring to the work site, you don’t have to hire US workers. The instant you make “illegal” workers visible you make history.
I’m not making this stuff up. Here’s what James Hirby, Tulane University Law School, says:
“Illegal immigration doesn’t exist in a vacuum. A company that doesn’t want to pay taxes on its workers’ pay, doesn’t want to pay them the minimum wage, and thinks it can avoid U.S. labor laws will hire illegal immigrants to try to cut costs and get a leg up on its competitors. They do so because the illegal immigrants are willing to work for this low amount and, arguably, because official policies don’t do enough to curtail illegals or provide a means for illegal immigrants to become legal. It is a complicated situation that resists easy slogans for people actually trying to understand the problem.”
Law Dictionary: How Does Illegal Immigration Hurt The Economy?
At some point in the future we will have to address illegal employers but for the time being we are not.
The Executive Order?
5 Facts to Know About President Obama’s Immigration Announcement from Center for American Progress:
1. President Obama has the legal authority to act.
2. Executive action will bring economic benefits to states and the nation and give immigrants the opportunity to take care of themselves.
3. Immigrants will pay fines in order to apply to this program, which will cover administrative costs.
4. Status is not automatic; there will be an application process.
5. This is a first step but not a permanent solution.
Mr. Obama’s executive order only deals with deportation of certain folks. That’s it. (Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border, Deporting Felons, Not Families, Criminal Background Checks and Taxes) He didn’t grant citizenship, add 5 million new voters, give out heath care, hand out food stamps, or any of the weird stuff we are hearing.
Cathy A. – “If you read on about the plan, he’s not giving them their citizenship, they have to pass a background check, have a child that’s a U.S. citizen and it’s only good for 3 years…at a time.”
For those who have been paying attention during this administration, Obama is the deportation President. I don’t see this changing except for that some families are now considered. I see this order strengthening his strict enforcement of border laws by focusing funds on needed measures.