The Conservative Case Against a Border Fence

Systematic change needed to address illegal immigration.

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The real issue with immigration is that our society has over- and under-educated our populations in the wrong fields. Most countries tie immigration to workforce; our Treasury Department, not the Labor Department, determines our immigration. Then despite hirers' clear and repeated objections, federal, state and local governments have created so many mandated benefits (pensions, healthcare, workers' compensation--except for the absence of worker compensation in Texas) and unemployment benefits that for every dollar a legal worker receives, another almost fifty cents goes to benefits. This creates a huge financial incentive to hire independent contractors and illegal aliens who don't contribute to the $1 billion unemployment insurance payments due Friday.

This September 28, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn refused to block portions of an Alabama law prohibiting businesses from taking tax deductions for wages paid to illegal workers and allowing discrimination lawsuits to proceed against companies that dismiss legal workers while hiring illegal immigrants. No fence will solve Alabama's issues, but neither will straight-jacketing employer-employee contractual arrangements, then blaming employers. In all ways, we've created our current "National Fence of Failure."

  • Read about four roadblocks to Obama's immigration reform.
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