Sometimes it just irks me when people de-humanize people who are doing the best for their families. The main focus is 95% toward Mexicans. Just because some people have been here for a few generations, and some from families illegally imported from Europe and Asia I might add, feel pompous and self righteous.
By tightening our border with Mexico we only penalize who? The ones who will do what ever it takes to come across. Instead of paying human smugglers (Coyote) $1,500 for crossing, the price is raising to around $3,500. And yes, the Coyote will get you in. But then they are on their own after that. The next person they have to deal with is the work Coyote, who will take a split of the illegal workers wages to allow them the privilege to work in the fields and live in sub par shelters for rent, as is the case in the valley.
The NLRA: National Labor Relations Act protects the illegal workers right to organize without "fear of reprisal." I was trying to organize Manufacturing workers in Moreno Vally a few years ago at a plant for Thor Industries. I had been holding meetings and started the process of collecting Authorization cards for an NLRB :: National Labor Relations Board union representation election. The plant had around 500 workers. After the company caught wind of the union drive, they asked the workers to bring in their Permanent Resident (Green Card) on a designated Monday. Needless to say, my organizing drive died off, and many workers lost their job. It was all right though, all I needed was a group of workers to stand up and file charges of an Unfair Labor Practice with the NLRB. I could not get even one person to stand up, and Thor thwarted the union drive.
If we could come up with sensible legislation that would charge potential workers from Mexico around a $2,000 for a worker permit to legally work for 6 month segments. we could generate huge revenues and help take the money out of the lawless Coyotes.
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