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America at Large

Cashing in on Illegal Immigration
By Ricky Allen
Oct 19, 2005 - 11:27:00 PM

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I really, really hate to say it this way, but ... I told you so. You may think I’m just in the middle of a rant, but hey, you make the call.

Someone at the White House gets the Magic City Morning Star News on their desktop computer and thought, “AND WE’RE NOT MAKING MONEY FROM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BECAUSE...”

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that the President sought support Tuesday for his guest worker plan for foreigners.

Enter: The money.

Basically, the plan is just to get the illegal immigrants that are already working here on to the payroll so they can get taxed too.

Then again, that’s just my take on it.

The story goes on to say, “Bush and his advisers are caught between their business supporters, who believe the economy needs foreign workers, and conservatives whose priority is to get tough on illegal immigration.”

WE need foreign workers now? When rural America is vaporizing right before our very eyes due to the businesses going overseas? Us? The same people who now have thousands of people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita (and Wilma if people don’t wake up)?

What the...

I don’t mind people coming to be part of this House of Democracy we have here, but let’s not just open the door to the bedroom.

America has to help itself sooner or later. When corporations say they want foreign workers, I feel they’re saying, “We want $5 an hour service.” Our American dream has backfired.

We push education, but when you got to pay the person for their education and training, some companies feel the stretch ... the stretch of foreign hands in other lands.

President Bush was quoted in the same story saying, “As we improve and expand our efforts to secure our borders, we must also recognize that enforcement cannot work unless it is part of a larger comprehensive immigration reform program. If an employer has a job that no American is willing to take, we need to find a way to fill that demand by matching willing employers with willing workers from foreign countries on a temporary and legal basis." And this is where I say, “I told you so.”

America, I told you months ago when the whole illegal immigration spurt happened, and people were blasting about how jobs were being taken and how we need to tighten the borders. I said that some of these jobs Americans wouldn’t even do (you know, the ones that aren’t as flashy). It seems the even the President has acknowledged a certain arrogance in this country. We’re quick to complain about no jobs, but maybe it’s more ... maybe it’s those “Jobs you just don’t want to do because of personal pride.”

There are jobs, and I don’t want to hear about how a low salary doesn’t pay the bills, clothe you, and feed you all at the same time. My grandmother used to say, “It’s better than nothing at all”

And besides, who are these Americans everyone claims won’t take the jobs? That’s a pretty far fetched statement to make. It’s too broad, too general for interpretation.

Well, I’ve beat that subject up enough, now let’s go to the email bin:

Recently I received a letter from Tasha L. Rogers from Harrison, Arkansas commenting on my infamous Fantasia Barrino story questioning the meaning of “Baby Mama,” which was a hit for the former American Idol. Many people blasted me sayin that, “If Fantasia read this she would be hurt.”

Well, due to recent news the star is not, (trying to be nice) “Too well versed in reading,” I’m sure a response would be slow.

Tasha wrote: “First off, when she says it's like a badge of honor, I do not really think she is condoning single-parent homes as much as praising single mothers who make it by themselves. She is not trying to get people to give up marriage in favor of being single parents. She is saying that if you are a single parent, you should be proud to be able to make it on your own.

Also, she is a single MOTHER singing about her experiences and about the things she knows. She is not a single FATHER, therefore she cannot speak for the single fathers out there and tell both sides of the story.”

My response: Thanks Tasha, and I’m sorry I couldn’t run the entire letter (this column is getting pretty long) but your comments mimic many others in agreement with you. AND, due to the huge majority of you all who asked me to go back and listen again, I did. Though I feel it wasn’t the  best song, it surely wasn’t the worse either. And if your pop star wanted to make a good example, she shouldn’t slander her home, nor the people that support her in her book, not to mention the irresponsibility of going so far in life without literacy skills.

But as always, "I am not bitter, are you interested?"

Email me at with your comments. Don’t forget to leave your name and where you live so that others can see where the responses are coming from.

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