/ April 13, 2007 03:25 AM
Have you visited The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration? Since its launch in late January, it has grown to the point where nearly 300 people a day are now reading and being informed about illegal immigration. This is thanks to those who have spread the word about the site.
Put together by PF Wagner and myself, The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration has had 12,000 unique visitors and 40,000 page views in its short 2 1/2 month existence. That means people aren't just going there, they are reading the information. The average reader spends about 6 minutes at the site and reads 3-4 pages of the 28 page report. It is spreading the truth about illegal immigration to those who are seeking answers from all kinds of sources including websites, search engines and emails from their friends, family and concerned Americans.
If you haven't visited yet, head over there and have a look at the detailed statistics and illegal immigration facts on subjects such as the costs of illegal immigration. The site had a major revision in late February that added a ton of new information.
Spread the word to those who don't know the true impact about illegal immigration or seem to shrug it off. The media continues to ignore the true damage done to this country and the only way that people will be convinced is by actually seeing the facts as represented on websites and reports like The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration.
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Posted by Digger on April 13, 2007 03:25 AM (Permalink)
1 - the argument that illigal immigrants "do the work no one else wants" is simply false. supply and demand says that the bigger the supply of labor the less that labor is worth, so having millions of people added to the labor pool undermines the value of everyone in that labor pools labor, period.
2 - If there wasn't cheap immigrant labor available to work the fields, slaughterhouses, resteraunts, janitorial positions, etc those jobs would not simply dissapear into thin air. The employers would be forced to raise wages and improve working conditions to attract local workers and the living conditions of poor and working class americans would be dramatically improved. That's a fact, you don't have to like it but you can't ignore it. We live in a market-based economy, you can't just wish the market away or pretend it doesn't exist. This is a function of capitalism. If you like capitalism you have to accept it.
3- patterns of seasonal migration from mexico through the southwest pre-date the mexican-american war and go back to the time when the southwest was part of mexico. thinking those patterns can be stopped by building a wall is just stupid. The actual result of the tightening of border control has been to INCREASE the number of illegal immigrants in the US. Since the costs and erisks of entry are so much higher it takes a longer stay to make it worthwhile, so now - instead of coming and working for a year and then going home - people from mexico and elsewhere come, find a job, and stay. and then invite their friends and relatives to come too. So border control has actually made the situation worse and is the real reason why the illegal population has gotten so incredibly big in the last ten years.
4 - The people who gain the most in a climate of mass illegal immigration are the owners of the business that violate the law & exploit and abuse people seeking a better life. That's why the government hasn't - and probably won't - take serious action to resolve the issue. Illegal immigration is good for business and bad for working class people, and the government is far more interested in protecting the interests of business then they are of protecting poor people of any nationality. By framing the issue as "immigrant rights" wealthy people co-opt leftist rhetoric to protect a fundamentally right-wing agenda that enriches a minority at the expense of the majority. The actual "illegals" are being used and manipulated as pawns.
4 - The people who suffer the most are the immigrants who spend decades living in fear and uncertainty working obscene hours in obscene conditions. The other big losers are poor americans, especially african americans (who used to perform the low-wage jobs but are now suffering from chronic unemployment).
5 - so this IS an issue of class and race, it's just that most of the so-called radicals have their analysis completely backwards. Fighting for the rights of poor people and supporting immigrants wouldn't mean supporting continued mass immigration through amnesty programs, it would mean putting in a system where seasonal migration is allowed and regulated and where businesses that hire illegal immigrants face MUCH stiffer penalties. Like maybe all their assets are seized and sold at auction. That would dry up the demand for illegal labor in about 10 seconds flat - and with no jobs to attract them the people who are coming here would stay at home and contribute their ingenuity, intelligence, and work ethics to build up their local economies. And maybe even organize to deal with the corrupt governments that make things so bad in their home countries.
Posted by: fred on May 3, 2007 11:15 PM
Posted by: Digger on May 4, 2007 12:39 AM
EVERYTHING that you said about illegals is wrong. I am not illegal, but i know many good people who are. You have no right to say stupid things like, "South American men abuse women and treat them like things rather than humans." My husband is from South America, and he treats me better than he treats himself. Illegals don't go around raping people and shooting at random. I'm not saying that all Hispanic people have been perfect angels, but it's not only Hispanics who are sometimes bad people. There are bad people from EVERY race. There have been MANY cases of WHITE MEN RAPING AND MURDERING WOMEN, AND KILLING PEOPLE FOR THEIR OWN SICK ENJOYMENT. It happens in EVERY RACE; White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian...every race you could imagine. I don't know why you're targeting Hispanics, but you must have forgotten about the sick white men of our country as well. Your stupid essay is racist on so many levels. It's not only Mexicans who are illegal, and it's not only Hispanics either. And WHAT'S WRONG WITH MIXING CULTURES??? I get along with my husband! I'm white! I'm sure America can get along with Hispanics. In Latin American countries, it's NOT okay to treat women as you say they do. They all treat them with respect. I don't know where you "got" your information, I'm sure you just made it all up to make people angry and against illegal immigration. It made me angry, but for a different reason. I know that NONE of what you said is true. I know a lot of Hispanics who went to college, and got a great education. I know white people who didn't go to college, and some who dropped out of high school. I don't know ANY Hispanics who did that. A lot of the white people I know don't have ANY ambition, as the Hispanics I know have A LOT of ambition to make something of themselves. Illegals are not bad peoeple as you say they are. They are hard-working people with a lot of love. It hurts me to know that people think this way of them. They are only coming to "the land of freedom" to give their family a better life. White people didn't come here legally like you say they did. They stole the land from the Indians. And if they immigrated later, they only came here legally because the laws weren't as strict as they are now. They came for the same reason that the immigrants come for today. Freedom, and a better life. In Latin American countries if you were born poor, you'll always be poor. And if you loose your job, and you're over a certain age, you're out of luck. They only hire younger people. Everyone, no matter what country you live in, deserves the right to live in happiness.
Posted by: amy smith on September 13, 2008 01:41 PM