Mohawk And Supremes
The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Mohawk Industries Inc., a Georgia floor-covering company sued by current and former employees who allege the firm hired hundreds of undocumented immigrants to suppress worker wages. The issue involves whether a company and its agents, in performing corporate duties, can be considered a racketeering enterprise under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The court's ruling could resolve a circuit split on the question. For the full law.com story, see here.
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Regarding Immigration Daily's comment in the (12/20/05 ID) issue: "[A]re Rep. Sensenbrenner and his friends going to do
when their children/grand-children announce that they are engaged to a descendant of today's undocumented?",
is this sexual politics or what? Good one. Haven't heard this yet from your side, the
pro-immigrationist side. To twist the arms of Congress by appealing to their descendants' marriage
prospects is a joke. Immigration Daily must be desperate? Do you not have any other compelling arguments left?
It's futile to make this absurd argument since some of these anti-immigrationist legislators may have raised their children to not accept
interracial marriage, so their children wouldn't even ask a foreigner to marry them. After all, it is
fairly well-known in gossip that the offsprings of the elites and bluebloods of this country may fool around
with the help, but will never ever marry them. Has Immigration Daily ever considered that? Immigration Daily's comment acknowledges that your side is in deep
trouble: "With two back-to-back immigration defeats in Congress, on both 'legal' and 'illegal'
immigration, pro-immigrationists can no longer maintain a 'business as usual' mindset". Immigration Daily's 10/28/05 ID comment regarding anti-immigrationists
being "outmaneuvered" at the time is turning out to be a ridiculous premature victory celebration. Your side cannot win as long as Rush Limbaugh, Sean
Hannity, and Fox News are on the air. Most of Middle America listen to them. By the way, Immigration Daily's editorials are usually patently amateurish in tone. Immigration Daily needs some professional editorial-page training to get up to speed to the usual hometown newspaper level.
What an excellent point Immigration Daily hit on (see 12/20/05 ID comment). I know about a large American congregation where thousands of American citizens are children of immigrants that did no have the legal opportunity of adjusting their status. Many of these children are attending Yale, Harvard, Stanford and other renown universities because high IQ does not come with race, legal status or any other human position but by nature. Certainly those people Immigration Daily mentioned would love to have their relatives getting engaged with the graduates from those institutions until they find what Immigration Daily asserted about.
Finally, after ten years of lobbying Congress, it brings me great delight to read Immigration Daily's pathetic comments about how evil Congress is to pass such a "mean-spirited" piece of legislation to enforce our immigration laws. It brings me tickles of pleasure that Congress actually wants to round up rapists, murderers, thieves, smugglers, drug-dealers, drunk-drivers, illegal foreign welfare leaches, and others (lawyer's clients, in other words), and send them home.
Most of all, it pleases me that Congress finally realized that America is a country, not a Wal-Mart. You see, by always having an endless source of illegal, cheap labor, greedy contractors are never forced to pay a livable wage. Greedy farmers are never forced to mechanize their fields. Greedy hotel and restaurant owners are never forced to pay enough for people to live without food stamps. So greedy lawyers should keep blithering. This is only the beginning of America restoring law, order, and a market-driven wage system so that hard-working and honest people can finally earn an honest living. In the oh-so-appropriate words of President W, "Jobs Americans won't do" is actually "Jobs Americans can't afford to do."
In response to several letters (12/20/05 ID), I agree with Sebastian's letter that the field of immigration would be improved without
lawyers. However, the previous day (12/16/05 ID), his letter's complaint was that "millions"
of immigrants were subject to poor service by the USCIS, yet his letter illogically rejects the premise that service
would be improved with a drastically reduced catagories, workload and
numbers. His letter's reference to a slight percentage of reduced numbers is not
persuasive as the numbers of immigrants is at historical highs according
to Robert Justich, a senior Bear Stearns managing director and quoted in a Barron's report. Mr. Justich also points
out the cost of the underground economy of an estimated 20 million
illegal aliens working in the US to the federal government is hundreds
of billions of dollars in unpaid income taxes. A micro-knowledge of
technical aspects of entry procedures does not always translate into
macro understanding. I plead not guilty to supporting "more poor
quality, expensive and absurd legislation". That's what we have now.
Cristin's letter has a legitimate complaint as the high levels of illegal
immigration no doubt results in the denial of some qualified applicants.
However, her letter's suggestion of legalizing any who wish to come precludes the
limited immigration we need. There is no universal right to come to the
US. Dave Anderson's letter came up with his own study that shows immigrants are
a net loss and then counters this conclusion by the Stephen Moore
summary. The way most legal and other matters are decided is to hear
evidence on both or all sides of an issue, not to require that advocates
be neutral, independent or not paid.
With respect to illegal immigration, so many people today are just saying not to get upset,
get the politicians at the poll both. There will be a lot of American people like Jim
Gilchrist elected in the future. The American people are starting to stand up for their country. Our trust
has been betrayed by our elected representatives. My neighbor was told that lettuce would go to $10 a
head if we stopped this illegal immigration. When I asked why weren't the 13 million that are already in
this country working in the fields and looking for work lining up for the jobs, she couldn't answer the question.
Good people, for good reasons, complain about the restrictions from legal immigration rules. Many of those restrictions are the result of illegal immigration. One recent letter was about a deserving person from Mexico (see 12/20/05 ID). Remember that about 2/3 of all illegal aliens do in fact come from Mexico. For that reason alone, more restriction should be put on the all applications from Mexico. Mexico loves that the US is the big escape valve, that reduces the chance of revolution, so their impoverished can come to the US, and to send money back to their relatives, which enriches the country of Mexico as it finds way to the top.
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