Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Quote of the Day
From a Dallas Morning News story about two con artists who made at least $325,000 by offering illegal immigrants jobs with a non-existent janitorial services company, then stealing the applicants identities and filing false unemployment claims with the state:
"It's really pathetic that somebody would take advantage of people in the U.S., however illegally, who were trying to make an honest living," said Amanda McMurrey, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which investigated the case.
Priceless. Simply priceless.
Some would think it really pathetic that illegal immigrants could (1) get social security numbers; (2) apply for unemployment benefits from the state; and (3) actually receive unemployment benefits without having, say, THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE THERE TO DEPORT THEM!
Don't get me wrong -- immigration is fine. It's breaking the law that bothers me. If our economy cannot exist without Mexican immigrants (and I don't agree that is the case, though I admit that these immigrants do act to keep prices (and, unfortunately for some, wages) low), then we need ot make such immigration legal. Until we do, we need to enforce the existing immigration laws.
It is our refusal to do either that is TRULY pathetic, IMHO.