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2/2/2012 1:13:00 PM
Letter: Want to reduce unemployment?


There is a lot of talk about unemployment due to jobs being shipped overseas. The reason being quoted is regulations and bureaucratic government agencies. You never hear anyone talking about the following. There are 30.5 million non-citizens in the United States. About 18.8 million are here legally and 11.7 million are here illegally. With 13.2 million United States citizens unemployed, why haven’t we put a moratorium on immigration, secured the borders and sent all the non-citizens back to their home countries.

I will let you decide.

John Stephens

Camp Verde

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

Not arguing that job availability draws illegal immigration, but it seems that some who espouse that also express a justification.

"...do you want your kids to aspire to be lettuce-pickers of motel maids?"

Not sure how many lettuce-pickers motel maids hire, but I know that in the upper Midwest in the '50s and early '60s, high school kids on summer break took jobs as fruit pickers and cannery workers. The experience and money did not cause them to abandon other aspirations.

These days, kids can't partake of such 'low class' labor unless they speak fluent Spanish.

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

Major corporations that outsource their jobs overseas (to China, say) also hire illegals to do their work for them, it’s just that the “illegals” are in their own country, making them “not illegal.”

But they are still earning meager wages to do menial jobs.

By sending the jobs to them instead of bringing them here to do the jobs, these corporations step around the “illegal” part and everybody seems to be OK with that.

Call Apple Inc. and ask them to close Foxconn in China and bring all those jobs to the states...that’d be great, but keep in mind your new iPod will cost about $2800.

Here in the states, far and away the jobs “stolen” by illegals are in the farm and service industries, and they are jobs that many Americans would not want to do.

John, do you want your kids to aspire to be lettuce-pickers of motel maids? Of course not. Nor do I.

If you want a sea-change in the immigration problem, the pressure needs to be applied to those who provide the incentive for illegals to come here in the first place. Crack-down on those who hire illegals, not the illegals themselves.

Illegal immigration is a symptom of the problem.

The demand for illegals is the cause.

Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

John, the reason is that average American citizens refuse to harvest their own vegetables and fruit, slaughter their own beef, hogs and chickens or roof their own houses at minimum wage - or lower.

Once we hold employers responsible for illegally hiring illegal aliens, magically the aliens will not have jobs and most will simply go back home, and Americans at the bottom of the economic pyramid will finally be paid a "living wage" instead of a "minimum wage" for doing the difficult jobs which must be done.

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