Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Another visit on immigration . . .
Several major lobbying groups want the cheap labor that illegal immigration provides. Agricultural companies want cheap manual labor. So does the construction industry. Ditto the retail and fast food industries. Illegal immigration is nothing more than another governmental subsidy to these industries.
These industries provide millions to the election campaigns of these career politicians. Is it any wonder that many career politicians are unwilling to irritate these donors?
Were politicians serious about immigration, they would pass the House bill as an initial measure to protect the borders. To address the long-term situation, I favor allowing private citizens to bring qui tam actions against corporations and individuals who violate federal immigration laws. If we privatize the enforcement of immigration law, allowing private citizens to hold companies responsible (and removing some responsibility for enforcement from wishy-washy politicians), we might well make some significant headway in the fight to eliminate the incentives to illegal immigrants.
I've posted on this before. I still think it is worth discussing.
(Cross posted in comments at Right Wing News).