I got an email from Jim Talent today — okay, it was actually just that by sending him emails I got on his mailing list. His first big issue was the illegal alien/undocumented worker issue. From his email:
The Senate is debating immigration reform. Many Missourians have contacted me to express their views on this issue and I wanted to share mine with you. This is a nation of immigrants, but it’s also a nation of laws. I oppose the amnesty measure being considered in the Senate. Congress should not give the benefits of citizenship to those who have entered the country unlawfully; and it’s especially unfair to put them at the front of the line ahead of those who have waited patiently for years to enter the country lawfully.
Okay, I agree that its not fair to put them at the front of the line, but we’ve also pretty much ignored them for decades — almost like a don’t ask, don’t tell policy. *Wink*Wink* I don’t know why you are willing to work so cheaply in the field or maintain my lawn or do my cleaning; and I don’t know why you want to be paid in cash, as long as the work gets done. So are we really moving them to the front of the line if they have been working in the country for longer than those on the track to citizenship?
That aside, here’s the typical Washington B.S.
I share the concerns of many Missourians that the United States requires a border control system that protects us from terrorist attacks, illegal immigration, illegal drugs and other contraband. A lot of people view border security as an immigration issue. It’s not. It’s a national security issue. That is why I introduced the Border Security and Modernization Act, which authorizes $5 billion over five years for security fencing and surveillance along the border, increases penalties for human smuggling, and increases the number of jail beds available to detain those who cross illegally.
Okay Jim, can I ask how you are going to pay for that? Is there a reason that our elected officials think that the answer to every problem is to throw more money at it? Especially when they are already spending more money than they are bringing in? I am so sick of politicians increasing spending without matching it with either a cut somewhere else or a tax increase.
I have a thought Jim, why don’t you add a proposal to your bill to go after the businesses hiring the illegal aliens for less than the minimum wage, and not paying social security for them. Can we get a billion dollars a year in fines out of these companies to pay for your big wall? And what is it with walls lately? We yelled at the Russians for years about the wall in Germany, but now Isreal is building a big wall, and Talent wants to build a big wall.
Instead of just trying to keep people out (since that is working so well in the drug war), why don’t you get rid of the demand for illegal immigrants. If they couldn’t find jobs, they wouldn’t be flocking over the borders.