When the average American thinks in terms of illegal immigration, we think about the Mexicans crossing our borders to work on jobs that most Americans won’t do for the money the farms are paying. If we’ve watched programs like Dateline or 20/20 we think in terms of the Chinese who are being smuggled into America to work in secret sweatshops in the garment industry. Most of those are in New York or Los Angeles.
We see on the news the smugglers who get caught and the plight of the immigrants who are being treated worse than most of us would treat our pets. Packed into airless trucks, so tightly they can’t sit down. Driven for hours in the desert with the hot sun beating down and not being given water so they sicken and in a few cases have died. These are the people who come to our minds when we think in terms of the new Arizona law. I’m not sticking up for that law, it leaves too much room for racial profiling despite the wording that should omit that. Racism is, on many levels, still alive and flourishing in America.
We hear that illegals represent about 12 million residents and don’t believe it’s that bad because they’re here illegally, how do we know how many there are? To my surprise, most of those 12 million illegals are documented because they came here legally on temporary work and education permits and when those permits ran out, they disappeared into the fabric of America. Working in their chosen fields under new names and with documentation purchased on the black market, or working for companies who don’t do background checks deeply enough in case they find out that the person they hired is here illegally. Some of these people just might be where they have been all along because our government doesn’t follow up on these permits as well as they should.
They aren’t always workers in low paying jobs. The immigration department has issued temporary work permits to people who are here to fill the following list of jobs.
•Accountants and Administrators
•Executives, Managers, Administrators
•Programmers and computer scientists
•Various engineers and Technicians
•Research Associates and Scientists
•Lawyers and Tax Analysts
•Teachers and college professors
•Postdocs and Fellows
•Sports Instructors and Physiologists
•Doctors, Nurses, Med-Techs, Therapists
•Surgical and Dental Assistants
•Fashion models, Secretaries, Clerks
•Architects, Musicians, and Artists
•Youth Counselors, Day Care, and Cashiers
It’s called the guest worker program, and far too many of these guests didn’t go home. Which is where the statistics come from. Unfortunately, we found out on September 11, 2001 that not all of this type of illegal alien came here to have a better life than we believe they would have in their birth country. Of the 12 million illegals a very few are here for the purpose of terrorism, unfortunately it is still far too easy for them to enter legally and then disappear. I doubt that anyone will be thanking Arizona in the near future for trying to do something about a problem that they understand exists in a far greater manner than I did before I researched the problem. Something, I don’t know what, but something needs to be done. With 430,000 illegals living in Arizona alone, at least they are trying to do something, even if it’s wrong.