Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The new term: Undocumented Democrats

Associated Press Drops 'Illegal Immigrant' From Stylebook

The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant."
The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company's on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels.
"The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," Carroll wrote.

On immigration:

I don't know what is so darn difficult.  The solution is simple:

1) Lock down the southern & northern boarder through fences & technology (sensors, cameras, drones) - deploy the National Guard if necessary.
2) Get all the illegals who are here registered so they start paying taxes.  But:
     a) They must be employed,
     b) They must not be criminals (other than the whole illegal thing),
     c) They are exempt from all govt benefits,
     d) They cannot register to vote for 25 years,
     e) Their kids are not automatically citizens just because they are born here,
     f) if they want to apply for US Citizenship they must get in the back of the line and ASSIMILATE
        (i.e., learn English)
3) Expand the process of coming here to work to make it faster & easier for companies to sponsor workers.
4) Place a tax on money flowing out of the US back to their home countries by these now documented workers (see how long Mexico takes to react to that).

Problem solved.

Probably one the biggest problems with immigrants of all nations is that they no longer need to assimilate.  Having hosted Korean students, I've discovered a large Korean population in Atlanta.  They have their own neighborhoods, businesses, churches, etc...  Go to Atlanta Hwy in Gainesville, GA and you'd think you were in Mexico - not a single sign in English.  Downtown West Liberty, IA had 2 languages on the store signs, 1 Asian (probably Hmong) and the other Spanish and that was 10 years ago!

I've worked nearly exclusively in the protein industry for 14 years.  EVERY plant has immigrant workers.  The mix is changing.  Most Hispanics are now from Guatemala instead of Mexico and in some parts of the country more workers are West African Refugees.  One plant has 12 different languages spoken on second shift.  A plant in IA cannot get locals to work there and they start at $13+ an hour!  People show up, work until lunch and decide its "too hard".

We're in a world of hurt.  We should eliminate the minimum wage.  This would allow a lot more teens/no skill workers to find employment and build a skill set that includes setting an alarm clock and getting out of bed to go to work.

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