"We think there might be a better way to go about this because the fact is that it is against the law for the employer to hire these people so there should be more focus on the employer and less in these terrorizing raids," Pelosi said.Let's leave aside the fact that Nanci - an elected U.S. representative - was speaking in a foreign land (Mexico) and accusing her own government of terrorizing people. No, that's to be expected.
Pelosi said the Wal-Mart raids showed the need to legalize undocumented workers in parts of the economy other than just the agricultural sector.So, according to Nanci, we should find a way to enforce our laws by changing the laws so they don't have to be enforced. Call it San Francisco logic.
"I don't like it. I don't like it at all," frequent Walmart shopper and Gatlinburg resident Tina Styles said. She argues that bringing in foreign workers could be cheaper, but the practice cheats locals.On the other end of the scale, the NYT gives a bleeding heart account of the plight of one of those arrested:
"Well, I think there's a lot of people here in Sevier County that need jobs," she explained. "And I don't know why they have to bring other people in to do those jobs."
Shopper Scott Humeniuk is Canadian. The former hockey player and his wife are here on a student visa.. Humeniuk says there are proper channels to go through to work in the U.S.
"It's a headache because of the fighting and stuff with the government and paperwork," he explains, "but i mean hey, that's it. There's no two ways about it."
Now Mr. Zavala feels cheated, saying he worked as hard as he could pursuing the American dream, only to face an immigration hearing that could lead to deportation for himself, his wife, Eunice, and their three children, 10, 7 and 5 years old... "My family's not happy about this," said Mr. Zavala, who said he paid a "coyote" $2,000 to smuggle him into the United States three years ago.I guess his first tip-off should have been the part about paying someone to smuggle him into the U.S. Perhaps he could sue the coyote?
"It appears that what the Congresswoman really wants is no enforcement at all... Anything that equates, or even gives the appearance of equating, the law enforcement policies with this country with the actions of international criminals is both wrong and damaging to our ability to confront real terrorist... The idea that the House Minority Leader would publicly criticize federal immigration enforcement authorities for doing precisely what is in their job descriptions and what Congress has authorized them to do only emboldens those who violate our immigration laws...
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