Joe Katzman has a quick post up at Winds of Change about what should be a troubling issue:
Captain Ed discusses stepped-up enforcement efforts against the employers who profit from illegal immigration, complete with statistics et. al. About time, too. He also included this tidbit:
“And what, exactly, did Garcia Labor do with all of these illegal workers? They contracted them to ABX Air, a contractor of DHL. The workers sorted the freight for the delivery service, and had access to the airplanes while doing so. One might wonder how illegal immigrants get so close to commercial freight aircraft in a post-9/11 world.”
But of course, illegal immigration isn’t a security issue….
First of all, I believe that prosecution of businesses that profit from and support illegal immigration is a critical part of any long-term solution to this mess. The other two critical parts are A) Actually securing the border and B) Not legitimizing illegal immigrants with ID cards, medical coverage, and various forms of amnesty.
Captain Ed’s post notes that the NYT thinks that this stepped-up program by the DHS is creating a “climate of fear” among illegal immigrants. That’s a good start, but it’s not enough. Here’s why:
The “fright” of enforcement nearly killed one undocumented worker who got missed in a roundup in his neighborhood, ironically because he went to work that morning. Suffice it to say that the Gray Lady does not find this development promising.
Can you spot the problem with this frightened illegal immigrant? Yes, you got it. The problem is that HE’S STILL HERE. He’s not frightened enough to go back to Mexico or wherever it is that he illegally came from.
Punish businesses that use illegal workers. Punish them very harshly and deport as many illegals from those places as you can. Keep your fingers crossed that the New York Times will run many terrifying stories about how the lifestyle of illegal workers is being threatened. (Don’t worry…you know they will…) Let the “climate of fear” build.
That should take care of a lot of the issue, freeing up time to chase the real hardcore troublemakers.
Besides the obviousness of the problem with allowing illegal workers to be employed at international airports, I was also struck by the comments left on Joe’s post:
The paranoid obsession with ‘security’ seems overdone. The real destruction of 9/11 was to civil libertys: and that was self inflicted.
Obviously a Rove plant. No one could really mean that, could they?
As usual, I have little idea where you are coming from.
What I am being critical of, clearly, is the effort of the Republicans to link “security” with “xenophophia”. Nowhere did I indicate what I think about illegal immigration, or what should be done about it.
The problem has a human dimension composed of 11 million parts, many of them women and children. There is no quick and easy solution which can be expressed in a sentence on a bumper sticker and which is designed primarily to divide America against itself and maintain an electoral advantage, not to address the problem. This is the Republican strategy on every issue, and I am disgusted by your efforts to reduce it to a “us vs. them” campaign of fear of “security” for purely political gain.
Go back to Canada…we don’t need your kind in America.
I swear I’m not making this up. This guy is apparently another Rove plant. (Why does it seem that at least half of the Leftiesphere is composed of Rove plants? And how many of the rest are Rove Sleeper Agents, just waiting for the signal? Sheesh.)
This case looks like a one-off to me.
Riiiiiiiiight. The one and only time illegal workers had access to planes in a major international airport they were caught. Whew! Great job!
I left this comment myself:
Joe: A lot of these commenters are (presumably) Americans and have been for all their life.
I wish I could apologize for them. I am so ashamed.
Unless they’re Rove plants, of course. Then “Hoo-Yah!”