Not Too Swift – Commentary

22 12 2006

The Coalition Welcomes Liberally Conservative to the Group

Cross Posted from Liberally Conservative

The failed Congress, which is mercifully coming to a close, didn’t meet its obligation to properly fund border patrols and establish immigration laws to secure our porous borders. The government has spent a lifetime looking the other way while current laws are not enforced.

President Bush recently commented on the Swift packing fiasco stating, “It just reminded me that the system we have in place has caused people to rely upon smugglers and forgers in order to do work Americans aren’t doing”

Raiding Swift was like placing a band-aid on an open chest wound. It wasn’t news to government agencies that Swift was hiring illegal immigrants.

The Wall Street Journal states:

Since 1997 Swift has voluntarily participated in a government program for vetting new hires known as Basic Pilot. Under this system, the names and Social Security numbers of all job applicants are checked against a federal database. Which is to say that the presence of illegal workers at Swift is not the result of a company’s indifference to the rule of law. It’s the result of a flawed government system for determining who’s eligible to work here. A few years ago Swift’s management attempted to go even further than Basic Pilot to screen job applicants, only to be sued by the Justice Department for employment discrimination in 2001.

What the WSJ failed to emphasize is the illegal workers were using false documentation and illegal ID’s. The Journal should know market forces of capitalism don’t constitute the use of illegal activity for better economic results. Apparently Swift didn’t perform its due diligence when “vetting” their workers while our own Justice system cried fowl under the premise of discrimination.

The folks at K Street work in Washington D.C., on average, 75 days per year. Nice work if you can get it. In addition, the politicians are busy taking lobbyist money (known as legal bribes), jetting off to warm destinations for golf, sailing and a nice massage while people illegally stream across our borders and place enormous stress on law enforcement, which is understaffed, poorly paid and ill-equipped to properly do their jobs.

Presidential hopeful, Mill Romney (R-MA) has assigned 30 Massachusetts state troopers to “enforce” current immigration laws. Aren’t we supposed to enforce our laws without special instructions and using election politics to make a point? We’re waiting with baited breath to hear Mr. Romney’s solution for protecting borders well beyond Massachusetts.

Local governments claim that a relationship with communities based on mistrust and fear of deportation would only make their job more difficult when it comes to preventing and solving serious crimes. However, state and local authorities typically don’t make arrests on civil immigration violations so the train has already left the station and we have millions of illegal “residents” floating within every state of the Union.

At SFGate some good news is enforcement on hiring illegals may be taking place in Southern California.

In Southern California, where two executives from the Golden State Fence Company pleaded guilty to hiring 10 illegal immigrants in 2004 and 2005. They have to big fines to pay, but biggest news is that they may actually go to jail. If they are sentenced in March, it would be one of the very few cases in which an executive is actually sent to prison for violating federal immigration laws.

Unfortunately this is too little too late. While politicians on both sides of the aisle fire shots at each other, argue about earmarks, terrorism, Iraq they fail to perform their obligations to secure the United States borders and ensure we are truly a country that follows “the rule of law.” What’s so difficult with that?

This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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