Just some food for thought in light of Obama's recent decision to circumvent Congress and grant amnesty to illegal aliens under the age of 30. The quote is long but I do think it's worth posting:
I do not remember one single instance in 30 years where the Immigration service has removed strikebreakers to the extent the workers were helped and the illegal alien workers were removed. The employers use professional smugglers to recruit and transport human contraband across the Mexican border for the specific act of strikebreaking, rampant in the strikes of the last 30 years. Lawbreaking begets more lawbreaking, and when these illegal aliens come in to break a strike they have to be harbored; they have to be transported; and labor contractors have to be used to direct them and supervise them.
What about the other laws? What about the contributions the employers have to make to social security and unemployment insurance? How are those contributions made? These men do not have social security numbers. They do not live here; they are just here for a little while to break the strike.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service steadfastly refuses to enforce the law; not only that, but then they get into a dispute with us because we call their shortcomings to their attention We accuse them of looking the other way while the strike is being broken and then they have a way of taking punitive action against us and our people.
Was this some right-wing anti-immgration zealot? A Tom Tancredo type? No, it was Cesar Chavez, the famous UFW union organizer and Mr. "Si Se Puede" himself, testifying before Congress in 1979. He also worked with Dolores Heurta, the socialist who President Obama recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It's sort of strange that you find him celebrated as such a darling of the Reconquista, La Raza, and Mexican pride, as he probably would have found common cause with the Minutemen.
All of this just goes to underscore that the concerns over how 800,000 newly legalized young immigrants will affect the unemployment situation in this country. Since the vast majority of these are Hispanics, it's important to note that the current unemployment rate for Hispanic teens 16-19 was 30.4%, as of May, and the numbers for Hispanic men and women 20 and older aren't great either at 9.6 and 9.2 percent respectively. These numbers are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and I suspect if they measured from 20-30 years old specifically, the numbers there would be much worse than 9 or 10 percent.