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the circle is tightening

My office got this a few days ago from the Department of Labor because they want to conduct an audit on one of our clients. It’s a list of documents they want to see when they come by and talk with us.

Sucks to be the client. They’re gonna lose some employees. Hell, what am I talkin about… we’re gonna lose some employees.


So there is a new House bill that was introduced on Nov 6th which many believe will easily pass through both houses and is the middle road to Immigration Reform. It uses something called the principle of Attrition Through Enforcement and will give all levels of government the authority to enforce laws already on the books.

My dad had it happen to him already when he went on Monday to renew his driver’s license. They asked for his social security card to make sure it matched his other info. It didn’t match.  The next day he went to the Social Security office to tell them they needed to fix a typographical error that’s prohibiting him from getting his license renewed (not really a typo as much a translation error… George / Jorge). They told him they need to see some form of ID. Catch 22 and now he’s wondering what the hell he’s supposed to do. He even called my aunt down in Brownsville and asked her to check it out and that office is doing the same thing. The circle is tightening.


This is kinda interesting. In reading the whole document it seems as though the conclusion of doing nothing about illegal immigrants costs us a nominal fee… if I read this right, about 200 bucks per household. But if they were all sent back to where they came from it could impact some regions and industries severely. According to the author of this document it is extremely difficult to tell. I pulled this excerpt for your reading enjoyment.

Sending all illegal immigrants home would reduce the U.S. labor force by 5 percent and the low-skilled U.S. labor force (workers with less than a high school education) by 10 percent or more. In 2005, illegal immigrants accounted for 24 percent of workers employed in farming, 17 percent in cleaning, 14 percent in construction, and 12 percent in food preparation. Losing this labor would likely increase prices for many types of non-traded goods and services, increase wages for low-skilled resident labor, decrease incomes of employers that hire these workers, and increase the incomes of taxpayers that pay for the public services these individuals use. The net impact of these changes would be small, although in some regions and industries the dislocation caused by the labor outflow would be considerable.
If, instead, illegal immigrants were allowed to remain in the country and obtain legal residence visas, the economic impact would depend on the rights granted to these individuals.

Well, either way… the squeeze on illegals is starting and what some are saying is in the name of security… to keep the “invasion” at bay. Some people are gonna get caught in the crossfire. It’s my personal opinion that the smokescreen is security but in reality they just want to send all those wetbacks across the big river because we tan better than them. My dad might need to start learning how to swim.

the above quote is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

a really cool reproduction of this correct version of the statement can be purchased here.