Anyone who works for a living has at some time in their career heard these words:
“We really liked you; you were our second choice for the position, but we have hired someone else for the job.”
Every job seekers nightmare – the words that sting.
You know the feeling, you put it all out there, best foot forward and all that rot – yet another candidate skates off holding the employment sweepstakes Stanley Cup.
Now imagine if the guy or gal who got the job is in the country illegally.
Adding insult to injury don’t even come close.
The illegal alien workers are mostly persons who sneaked into the country — nearly all Mexicans or Central Americans who enter from Mexico. There is also, however, illegal entry across the border with Canada, with apprehensions by the Border Patrol of more than 6,000 aliens in 2010. There is also a significant portion of the illegal alien population that arrives with visas and stays illegally. These ‘overstayers’ are estimated variously to between one- third and 40 percent of the illegal alien population.
The defenders of illegal aliens — ethnic advocacy groups, employer groups, and church-based groups — often assert that illegal aliens only take jobs unwanted by U.S. workers. This is patently false because they are working in jobs in which U.S. workers are also employed — whether in construction, agricultural harvesting or service professions.
If the hiring of illegal alien workers is prevalent in a sector of the economy, as it has become the case in seasonal crop agriculture, the willingness of foreign workers to accept lower wages because of their illegal status acts to depress wages and working conditions for all workers in that occupation. This in turn makes employment in that sector less attractive to U.S. workers who have other options. The result is a form of circular logic, i.e., the more that illegal aliens are able to take jobs in a sector of the economy, the less attractive the sector becomes to U.S. workers, and the greater appearance of validity to the lie that only illegal aliens are willing to take jobs in the sector. Only by enforcing the immigration law against employment of illegal alien workers can this spiral to the bottom be broken and employers forced to restore wages and working conditions to levels that will attract U.S. workers and legal foreign workers.
Just as the size of the illegal alien population can only be estimated, the number of illegal aliens working in the United States is also subject to estimation. A large share of the illegal alien population is generally accepted as being in the workforce because that is what motivates most illegal immigration. However, there are some family members, especially children of illegal aliens not in the labor force, while others may be in prison. One recent estimate by researchers at the Pew Hispanic Center puts the number of illegal aliens in the workforce at 8 million out of an overall population of 11.2 million illegal aliens, i.e., 71.4 percent.1 That estimate is generally accepted as reasonable.
So eight million American workers and legally documented immigrants heard “We really liked you etc…”
Eight million American workers and legally documented immigrants walk out of the job interview with a participation trophy to pay the mortgage, fix the car, buy the braces for the kids teeth.
Yet to the folks for whom “fairness” is everything the “fairness” of this is studiously ignored.
Hey, it’s not the fault of the illegal for getting the job.
It’s the employer.
How’s this for a modest proposal: hold employers accountable through a brutal and draconian direct reparations process.
Here’s how it works:
You’re the CEO at ACME Dynamite.
You interviewed five candidates but, because you are a traitorous America-hating bastard, you hired the illegal.
Get out the checkbook and write four checks to the legal candidates who were passed over for the job.
Financial value of full benefits too.
For the duration of time the illegal worker was employed.
An example (using easy math for me, not you, the Gentle Reader):
Total compensation package value: $25,000 annually
Duration illegal worker held job: 4 years.
Reparations due to American worker: $100,000
And using the example above: times four.
So Ms. Cheapskate Illegal Alien Hiring Employer, pony up 400K.
To actual real, live living folks who have skin in the game regardless of it’s color.
Fair is fair.
Just about anyone will drink to that, right?
So to anyone who’s ever finished second in the job interview sweepstakes: “This Bud’s for You!”