POSTVILLE, Iowa — Antonio Escobedo ran to get his wife Monday when he saw a helicopter circling overhead and immigration agents approaching the meatpacking plant where they both work. The couple hid for hours inside the plant before obtaining refuge in the pews and hall at St. Bridgets Catholic Church, where hundreds of other Guatemalan and Mexican families gathered, hoping to avoid arrest.
“I like my job. I like my work. I like it here in Iowa,” said Escobedo, 38, an illegal immigrant from Yescas, Mexico, who has raised his three children for 11 years in Postville. “Are they mad because I’m working?”
No, we’re mad because you broke the law.
Now, there are some who call these people “migrant workers” or “undocumented workers” to try and change the conversation. (Because he who controls the conversation controls perception.) The reality is no matter what you call these people, they are illegal immigrants. They jumped the line. They broke the law. And they continue to break the law by:
- Staying in the United States illegally
- Using forged documents
- Driving without drivers’ licenses
- Using stolen Social Security documents
- Failing to pay taxes on their income
This is a simply matter of supply and demand. We have a supply of money and jobs; illegal immigrants have a demand for money because their home country’s economy isn’t doing well. The way to fix the problem is to cut off the motivation — money — which will encourage these people to stay (and go) home. Here’s a free idea for the law-makers (Congress) and law-enforcers (the President):
Since most illegals send substantial amounts of their money home, impose an 80% export tariff on any wire transfers (Western Union and bank-to-bank) going to Mexico and Guatemala. Use 2/3 of the money collected to build the border fence and then build a detention center where illegals who are arrested wait for their “out-processing”. Give the remaining 1/3 to hospitals, based on the number of illegal immigrant patients treated per year. With the primary reason for coming to the United States negated, illegals will be more likely to fix the problems in their own country, rather than coming here and forcing us to endure bi-lingual ATMs and phone prompts.
Unfortunately, such common-sense legislation would never happen because the politicians in Washington are courting the Hispanic vote, and are more concerned with getting re-elected than they are with doing what is right for this country. That’s why they propose such things as amnesty and Social Security benefits for illegals, and “free” healthcare to fix a problem that has been caused in part by illegal immigration.
It is time to call a spade a spade. These people are breaking our laws by being in this country illegally, therefore they are illegal immigrants. We should treat them — and call them — exactly what they are: lawbreakers.