The problem with illegal immigration is the employers. These people exploit the conditions in which these people are here and use those reasons for their own profit. If employers didn’t higher illegal immigrants then we would not have illegal immigrants. So how is Senate addressing this situation? They are going to fine the employers.
Now some people might think that is a great move, but wait. The Republican legislation slated to pass Senate would make the fines a mere $20,000 dollars. Let’s look at what that will do.
You own a farm. You hire 5 illegal aliens to work for $3.15 an hour. If you gave that work to documented workers and had to pay minimum wage it would cost you $2.00 an hour more. That means for every hour of work out of those five immigrants you save $10.00 ($2.00/hr X 5 illegal immigrants). Now if you work these guys 40 hours a week for 1 year you would save $20,800 dollars. Already you are making a savings over what the maximum fine would be.
Finding people to work for the joke we call minimum wage is hard. Say you would have to pay American workers $7.15 an hour. Now if you work those illegal immigrants for one year and get caught, you have still saved yourself over $20,000 after the fine.
This is the same problem that we have with the environment. Current EPA standards limit the fining at $50,000. If you have a company who is doing illegal dumping or deep well injecting of toxins into an oil well, they save over a million a year. That $50,000 is a nice little cost of doing business and it is not guaranteed you are going to get caught.
We need to make hefty fines and penalties for employers that break the law. Think if people only got fined $500 for murder. We would have people killing people left and right. Instead they are threatened with life in prison or execution. This helps reduce the number of murders. Congress should pass a law that says “if you hire illegal immigrants you will face fines upwards of $100,000 and/or 10 years in prison”. This will deter the employers from hiring the illegals and then they would not be flocking here as much.
Our Senate proves once again that they are nothing but whores to the business world and will stop at nothing to protect them.