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Published: Sunday, Nov. 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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jmfay
denver, co

Your story doesnt make sense. If they believe they are an economic burden why would they want them to be allowed to stay? Illegals work in the same industries as alot of low income workers. These include landscaping, delivery, child care, construction. They depress wages as well as steal work. They make it very hard to earn a living; keep a roof over your head and food on the table. Allowing illegals to stay and become legalized just continues this trend as well.

E verify on the other hand requires all work to be prove your right to work to be doing it. It has a governmental photo id to prove you are who you are and that this ssn belong to you. Congress could have required this and gotten 7 to 8 million jobs being done by illegals opened up to our own 20 million out of work. Why havent they done so? Meanwhile they continue to allow in millions on new green cards and work visas. It seems no one truly cares about low income workers or the middle class including church goers.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Gerson:
"Familiarity breeds sympathy."

"And Christian theology does have a current in favor of compassion and hospitality. A regular exposure to the teachings of Jesus — assuming that is what actually happens in churches — would tend to diminish a focus on national or group identity and encourage a broader notion of neighborliness. This does not dictate the details of immigration policy, but it necessarily entails a conception of illegal immigrants as persons, and a resistance to the division of their families.”

Amen.

“I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

“I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: … sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. …

“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (Matt. 25:42–43, 45.)

Brer Rabbit
Spanish Fork, UT

Often blind sympathy has the unintended consequence of harming others. Those who sympathetically support amnesty and therefore non-enforcement of immigration and border laws are allowing a flood of foreign labor that creates unemployment and wage suppression especially for minorities and the working poor.

Generally unemployment and wage suppression is looked at through the paradigm of there being too few jobs to reduce unemployment and increase wages. The other way of looking at unemployment and wage suppression is it being caused by labor surpluses. Since the Law of Supply and Demand has not been repealed, nor can it be, sympathy for illegal aliens and providing amnesty harms, blacks especially, minorities in general, and the unskilled working poor, requiring taxpayers to subsidize them though welfare and other public programs.

Sympathy and non-enforcement of immigration law and flooding the unskilled labor market does benefit one group, the employers that hire illegal labor. It also benefits employers in general by maintaining low wages for working Americans. Public compassion and sympathy can be cleverly manipulated to benefit politicians and the wealthy elite.

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