Avoidable loss of human life is always a sad event.In this case,
simply enforcing our immigration laws would have saved at least four lives. The humane course would be stopping illegal immigrants at the border,
apprehending them moving around the interior, and preventing them from getting
jobs (the economic incentive that lures many here) or prosecuting those engaged
in human trafficking.Instead, we ignore employers who illegally hire
"undocumented workers"; have sanctuary cities where politicians or cops
simply refuse to enforce any immigration laws; a porous border; and naively
spend money rewarding bad behavior with beacons and water along smuggler routes,
and refusing to apprehend, prosecute or deport even violent criminals. Then we
wring our hands when illegal immigrants are hurt, or preyed upon by other
illegal immigrants.Four people died because we have surrendered the
rule of law to the anarchy of rewarding lawbreakers for political gain, or fear
of being labeled a racist.Avoidable deaths, for sure.
Corruption in D.C. and corrupt employers that knowingly hire cheap illegal labor
out of greed are the cause of this sort of thing. Some say open the border and
allow all immigrants that want to come to the United States to do so. That would
probably be in the range of 3-5 billion that would like to have a better life.
This would put more pressure on the environment and reduce the United States to
the level of the third world counties, greatly increasing income inequality.
There is a labor surplus in the United States causing unemployment
and depressed wages especially for minorities and unskilled working poor. If the
labor laws were enforced the labor surplus would be reduced, unemployment would
decline and wages would increase.Immigration laws have been created
to protect American workers from cheap foreign labor. The Obama Administration
along with practically all democrats and many republicans, believe that the
immigration laws should be changed to import more of the world poor for
political purpose, or to continue to flood the labor markets with cheap labor
for the benefit of the wealthy employers in order to increase profits.
@NeilTEven the LA Times now admits that Obama's deportation numbers
are fixed. He is counting people turned away at the border as deportations,
unlike the Presidents that went before him. His party and LaRaza complaining is
a ruse. Read the ICE unions website, you'll find out that Obama has told
agents not to stop anyone who is eligible for waivers. Mexico has
built a wall on it's south border, and formed it's own border patrol.
They think it's possible. Without interior enforcement, we are wasting time
at the border, and Obama has the worst interior enforcement of any President.
anyone who has had their id stolen knows how big of a criminal problem it is.
Crossing the border, or overstaying a visa is just the tip of the iceberg. I feel sorry for the families of the people who have died in accidents
in Utah from human trafficking. The best way to stop others from dying is to
enforce the laws, like the previous posts have said.
We do enforce immigration laws. Obama is being criticized by own party for
deporting so many illegals. You can't secure a border that stretches from
CA to Texas. How many ICE agents would we need? Maybe an entire army division
on the border. Illegal immigration is more of an economic problem than a
criminal problem. The solution to the problem lies south of the border with
Mexico. Fix Mexico's economy, restore the rule of law, end government
corruption problem solved.
In order to work here a person has to steal someone's ID and commit perjury
on I-9 forms, both felonies. It's never like speeding.Allowing
165 million people would destroy this country. Not enforcing
immigration laws makes human trafficking so easy, I'm surprised we
don't see more of it. It's one of the drug cartels main sources of
income. When will business realize the damage they are doing to this country by
using illegal labor?
Good grief, everyone. Can't you just put aside your
anti-illegal-immigration rants for a moment and focus on the fact that human
lives were tragically lost here? Or the fact that they probably had families
who depended on them? Are you happy now that they won't be taking jobs in
the U.S.? Where is your humanity? Oh, I forgot. Illegal immigrants are not
Esquire,You reject the claim that France has had problems from their open
border policy? So the areas of Paris with heavy mid-east influence where sharia
law has been established and the French authorities dare not go – that is
not a problem? Maybe you are not as familiar with the situation in Europe as
you claim.Your denial of Brave Sir Robin’s assertion –
I often wonder: do the people who employ all these illegal alien trespassers
feel ANY sort of guilt, shame, ambivalence......or - are just concerned that
they get all the cheap labor they want?This wouldn't have
happened if employers refused to hire them!
Maybe the illegal alien problem is kind of like a speeding ticket; at least in
If we want to limit the flow of illegal aliens we must push back. Gallup did a
global poll in 2009 and determined that there are 165 MILLION people from the
third world who would rather live in the USA. They aren't all coming across
the southern border.Our lack of enforcement is a problem. The
encouragement to break the law, coming from police chiefs, preachers and
politicians is a crying shame. The pandering is NOT a deterrent.
@ Brave Sir Robin, I'm very familiar with the situation in Europe, and
I'm calling you out on your assertion. Dead wrong.
Trafficking will never stop as long as the conditions of their own country are
so absymmal, they'll do anything to get away. Who knows what these people
were traveling for? Maybe to work as maids in fancy estate homes? Maybe
nannies? Maybe sex slaves? Maybe field workers? Stop supposing the problem
originates from us - it DOES not except as how we feed the culture by allowing
hiring of illegals.
@EsquireWhat you're proposing is exactly what France did and it
has absolutely destroyed their economy and way of life. Those who don't
learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Here is a good reason to address immigration reform.Here's a
thought. Liberalize immigration, move to more open borders with registration of
immigrants, and let the free market dictate the movement of labor. Actually,
that's what's happening now, but we pretend it isn't. Bigger
walls, tougher borders, etc. will never, ever solve the issue. It never has in
human history. The tragedies that we have seen like this one, or people dying
in the desert, and other suffering, should compel us to change what we are
Thanks for this article. One of those things that people don't pay
attention to and yet know of it's existence. Human smuggling and
trafficking is a big problem, in all 50 States. Thanks for the reminder in
making sure that we do pay attention to what is going around us and not remain
in our bubble world of "unawareness."