Saturday, September 30, 2006

Nobody to Pick Crops? What About Illegal Aliens Already Here?

By John W. Lillpop

In a minor victory for those who favor protecting America from terrorism and
preserving our sovereignty, language, and culture, the United States Senate, by a vote of 80-19, approved construction of 700 miles of new fencing along the southern border. Go:,2933,216797,00.html

This fencing was approved by the U.S. House two weeks ago; therefore, all that remains is for President Bush to sign the bill into law. Bush has indicated that he will do so.

In a sour note in an otherwise joyful tune, Sens. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., made an 11th-hour appeal to include a measure to help the agriculture industry, which relies heavily on illegal aliens.

"Pickers are few and the growers blame Congress," Craig said.

The growers blame Congress? How in Hades can growers blame Congress for enforcing America’s borders and immigration laws?

How about blaming the growers for hiring illegal aliens to begin with, in violation of U.S. laws? Or how about blaming growers for not offering competitive wages to attract American workers that are here legally?

Reports indicate that the “shortfall” of agricultural workers is also the result of illegal aliens working in construction and other U.S. industries.

In other words, illegal aliens already here are no longer willing to pick produce and fruit. So America needs to let in another 20 million illegal aliens?

But perhaps there are other ways to address the agriculture worker “crisis” without escalating America’s demise into a third world cesspool like Mexico?

For example, just this past April and May, Americans were horrified at the sight of millions of illegal aliens marching through our streets to protest the rule of law. Let’s round up these criminals, outfit them with straw hats, picking buckets, and other required farm- work paraphernalia, and ship them to the nearest needy growers!

County jail systems throughout America already use incarcerated inmates to clean parks and roadways, so why not force those here illegally to meet the needs of the American people for a change?

Other venues for locating illegal immigrants to do farm work include day labor centers, Home Depot stores, welfare offices, food stamp distribution centers, state and federal prisons, and voter registration drives sponsored by Democrats!

And a note to President Bush seems in order: With all due respect, sir, those menial jobs that “Americans will not do” are apparently beneath the dignity of the goodhearted, hardworking Mexican illegal aliens you want to ram down the throats of the American people.

Why, then, is it in the interest of America to grant amnesty to millions of criminals who glom onto public services to which they are not entitled and which cost taxpayers close to 100 billion dollars a year? And remember these are the same criminals whose illegal crossings weaken America’s homeland security and increase our vulnerability to terrorism.

Wake up, America. Granting amnesty to illegal aliens, or letting more in, is not an intelligent solution to anything!

John W. Lillpop is a recovering liberal.