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Rep. Jose Serrano's muddled immigration musings

Back on the 18th, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-South Bronx) enlightened the Congressional Progressive Caucus - of which he's a proud part - with his thoughts in "Serrano Denounces Immigration Raids". It isn't worth a full treatment, but let's take a look at a few points from his cri de coeur for racial power:

The current system provides no way for the businesses of our nation to find the labor supply they need, and provides no way to allow immigrants to become documented workers who need not fear deportation.

I'm willing to bet that there's a large and unemployed labor supply right in the district he supposedly represents, and I'm willing to bet that if all our illegal aliens left tomorrow we'd have some problems for a while but eventually our labor markets would adjust. That certainly wouldn't please businesses that want the cheapest or most pliable labor possible, but I'm sure we can do it. As for the second part, his thinking is more than a bit muddled since we have hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants per year. If we have caps on unskilled laborers, well, perhaps there's a reason. And, if Serrano wants to raise that cap, then perhaps he should consider seperate legislation as well as describing exactly how many workers would be allowed in under his scheme.

Then, he plays the "it's for the children" line, refering to the Swift case in which parents were supposedly separated from their children. Needless to say, he doesn't discuss the parents' negligence for bringing children here or having them here while illegal aliens.

And, having spent too much time on this payaso already, let's finish with this:

Our nation has never turned away workers who come seeking a decent salary and a shot at a better life.

Obviously, that's false. Those arriving at Ellis Island were pre-screened by the shipping companies, and once here a small percentage were not allowed into the country. And, just as obviously, there's a huge backlog of applications from prospective legal immigrants, and not all of those are approved.

Immigration · Fri, 12/29/2006 - 01:23 · Importance: 1

Sat, 12/30/2006 - 21:53
John S Bolton
www.johnsbolton.net

Interesting how leftists who like to call themselves change agents, and enjoy calling everyone to their right reactionaries, become faux-traditionalists for an issue that suits their power-greed.
We've never had a tradition of accepting all prospective workers.
Again we find immigrants called workers, as if they were pure workers, when the majority are net consumers. What coincidence, net consumers are exactly the sort who can be fodder for the power-greed of pols who depend on ethnic loyalty and bloc voting.
Serrano represents one of the poorest districts in the country; yet it is located in one of the highest-cost cities.
How can they be helped by higher rents and lower wages? Does participation in a Spanish-speaking sub-economy make things better, and the better, the more such immigrants are obtained to pile in on such a downward-deviated enclave?