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Letters: Taxpayers victims of illegal immigration

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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 3:14 pm

A big Valley newspaper's editorial board expressed the usual disinformation and pretense of illegal immigration supporters in a recent editorial.

The only innocents in the immigration issue are the American taxpayers. Employers using illegal aliens are experiencing exactly what the Clinton-appointed Jordan Commission, chaired by Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-Texas), said they would.

The commission predicted that using low-wage illegal alien labor would: Depress wages; stifle industry innovation; mask true production costs; drive a generation of American workers from low-skill industries; and cause the displaced low-skilled citizens to become a burden on the social welfare system. All this came true.

Now that taxpayers have had enough, these employers find themselves stuck with no illegal alien labor, an inadequate cost structure, and a young workforce unaccustomed to the labor demands.

It wasn't always this way. I worked in the Mississippi agricultural industry as a teen, and my cousins followed the harvest from Florida to Michigan as adults. Furthermore, meat processing employment was once highly sought after.

The related problem is illegal immigration has kept agricultural wages largely static for 30 years, and caused poultry processing and meat packing jobs to pay a few dollars an hour less than 30 years ago.

For humor, we now have the Justice Department demanding from Alabama information Justice sued to block the state from collecting. What a progressive comedy of errors!

Fred L. Pinkney



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