I am with Rodney 100 percent on this issue. There are problems with large companies undercutting minimum wages by hiring illegal immigrants. Then there is the problem with drugs being way too expensive. If drugs came in a brown bottle from the pharmacy, they would be much less expensive, as middle class addicts know. It's those darn middle men that run up the cost for all of us. Lowering the cost of drugs could end our problems with Afghanistan, too. Of course, I'm sure Pfizer, J&J and Bristol-Myers would find a way to extract bigger cuts. In America, the answer to every problem can be found by following the money trail,l
I believe the problem of immigration is complex enough to require a multi-pronged approach to solve it..
I'm not a fan of the idea of amnesty programs.. For reasons mostly already stated.
I am a fan of the idea of guest worker programs. Doing so could provide a vehicle for understanding the scale and nature of the problem. It could also provide a connection for taxation to help pay for services that many of these people already use. Guest worker programs can help to rationalize the system.
I like the idea of enforcing good laws that are already on the books.
Efforts need to be continued to help consumers be aware of how their shopping habits impact how the things they buy are produced. If people are hungry for the cheapest product available, that's what will be produced. Farmers that use responsible labor practices should be rewarded.
Government needs to be selected which takes the problem seriously, and which has the stomach to do what needs to be done to improve things.
"It could also provide a connection for taxation to help pay for services that many of these people already use."
actually, a fair portion of immigrants who aren't legally allowed to work use bogus social security numbers; this article from a few years ago quotes an ssa chief muckety-muck as saying about 3/4 of these immigrants pay payroll taxes. they contribute tens of billions in taxes directly into the system (this doesn't include sales taxes, etc.) and won't be able to claim any benefit. so maybe it evens out in the end?
I agree that from a bottom line standpoint it may even out, but from an systems standpoint, it's important to correctly identify where the money is coming from and where it's going. Unless we get the accounting straightened out we won't actually know whether the bottom line is very close.