Two stories caught my eye on the issue of illegal aliens, and both of them set off my “duh-tector.” (TM)
The first was an account of a study that measured the contribution of immigrants to Massachusetts’ economy. In the last 25 years, the percentage of Massachusetts workers who are immigrants has almost doubled, from 9% of the work force to 17%. The conclusion that the researchers reach is that immigrants are not only a valuable asset to the state’s economy, but absolutely necessary.
That sounds very impressive, until you read a bit further and find out that the researchers didn’t distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants.
My first reaction is to reach back into my favorite analogy of late and say that if they applied the same methodology to the banking industry, they’d be in serious trouble. If you calculate all the withdrawals — legal and illegal — and weigh them against all the deposits, the banks would probably be bankrupt, or at least severely hurting.
My second reaction is to perform my own little analysis on the situation, factoring in one factor that they omitted: in the 2000 census, 49 states showed overall growth of population, to various degrees. One state actually LOST people — Massachusetts.
With that in mind, and taking an immigration activist at his word that 70% of Brazilians in the Bay State are illegals, I would like to put forth an alternate interpretation: the rise in the immigrant percentage of the total workforce is being artificially inflated by the flight of citizens from Massachusetts. The state is becoming known as welcoming to illegal aliens, so they’re coming in droves. Meanwhile, those citizens who are seeing the way the state is going are voting with their feet and getting the hell out of Dodge.
The second story has to contain the Quote Of The Day. It’s yet another recap of two New Hampshire police chiefs’ use of criminal trespass laws to arrest and detain illegal aliens. One of the alien’s lawyers, in his official filing to get the charges dropped, included this statement:
“There is no safe harbor in the entire state where Mr. Mora Ramirez could go to avoid breaking the law.”
Bingo, Attorney Movafaghi. Got it in ONE. Your client entered the country ILLEGALLY, and his continued presence here is an ongoing offense. He can end this very simply — by leaving the country. If he wants back in, let him do what millions of others do — follow the rules, obey the law, and get in line. And if his previous violation of those laws is held against him, tough — decisions have consequences.