I spy with my Illinois eye.
Illegal Aliens- Why not help the oppressed?
I remember the first time I heard the phrase “illegal aliens”. I think I was a teenager at the time so I may not have been thinking clearly anyway but the only definition I knew for an alien was something or someone from outer space. The Illegal part only added to the confusion. Even today I find “illegal alien” to be a strange phrase to apply to people. It dehumanizes them.
I can understand how someone who is oppressed in their home country can be enticed to come to the United States for a better life. We do have the Statue of Liberty with the famous inscription to “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Unless we are native Americans then we are all immigrants or decedents of immigrants. And Let’s face it – very few of our families arrived here in a first-class berth. So we have a lot in common with the illegal aliens that have arrived in the last 20 years and changed the landscape in America.
So what’s with Republican’s and their anti-immigration “Build a wall” mentality? To hear the Democrats tell the story, we’re all neanderthals who are backward ignorant ‘haters’ because of racism or prejudice.
Let me attempt to explain a Republican point of view regarding “illegal aliens”.
What is wrong with Illinois (or Chicago) being a sanctuary state (a golden door)?
People who arrived in the United States without the proper paperwork and take a shortcut and ‘jump the turn style’ to get in then they become Corrupt persuaders. Every financial transaction they are involved with thereafter can leave a trail of danger for those on the other side of the transaction.
This is not easy to say to a hard-working parent who is just trying to feed their kids and provide decent shelter for their family. They are corrupt persuaders. They didn’t intend to become corrupt persuaders but yet this is the result.
I completely understand that as people who were previously oppressed in their home country that they should be able to strive for better and that their hard work would by extension improve America. However, the story doesn’t really turn out that way.
Say you want to get a job- As an undocumented person, you’re now limited as to which jobs you can take and are not free to fully pursue your best opportunities. Maybe there’s an employer in the area who looks the other way when you present sketchy looking employment documents. We all know of these shady business people who are trying to make an extra buck by cutting a corner or two. So they hire a few people who may not be eligible to work in the U.S.- who cares? The employer says they can’t find an American citizen to do the work (at the price they are paying) so they need more competition for labor. To them, more undocumented labor would be wonderful for their bottom line. Maybe the undocumented person doesn’t know their rights so if they get hurt on the job they don’t seek worker’s compensation benefits or if they get laid off they don’t file for unemployment benefits. All these choices help the employer make more money.
The undocumented person is now in a situation where they can be oppressed in the United States because they are not a citizen. Women can be sexually harassed (or worse) at work with little recourse because they don’t know their rights.
This entire economy is operating in the shadows and is ripe for exploitation. This isn’t the land of milk and honey but just another land of oppression with a better living standard than back home.
Anyone who knowingly employs an undocumented person or harbors them is breaking the law.
So the laws keep getting broken in the name of good intentions. A landlord takes cash for rent. An employer hires someone who needs a job. These formerly oppressed people are unwittingly causing others to break the law. The presence of so many undocumented people is creating a toxic environment where everyone is at risk of running afoul of the law for harboring people living here illegally. The oppressed become corrupting persuaders and we are all worse off because increasingly laws will be broken.
Federal judge finds a Champaign roofer guilty of harboring illegal immigrants
A federal judge has convicted the owner of a Champaign-based roofing business of visa fraud and harboring people who were living in the U.S. illegally.
The guilty verdicts against Edwin Gire, 46, and Grayson Enterprises returned Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough mean that Gire will have to forfeit the building at 309 W. Hensley Road, C, where he harbored the people living here illegally.
He also faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the seven felony counts.
Prior to his bench trial, the roofer pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of unlawful employment of aliens, admitting the roofer knowingly employed three Mexican nationals between 2008 and 2014. He faces six months in prison and a maximum fine of $3,000 for each unauthorized person employed.
However, the Seventh Circuit has pointed out that harboring is distinct from concealment, as a person can harbor an illegal alien merely by providing the alien with housing for the purpose of making an employment opportunity with the person more attractive,”
So if it’s illegal for a person to harbor an illegal alien, why is it OK for entire City or State to harbor an illegal alien?