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From the desk of Witchy :
This did not start with tRump. He is just particularly cruel and stupid about it. I don't recall any administration that ever seriously went after employers.
Whoever we go after does not solve the problem. There surely are solutions that are pragmatic and address matching immigrants with employer needs, but politics doesn't seem to be about the rational. This goes back well over a century. Who has been employing all those Europeans overstaying their visas, or working under tourist and student visas without penalty?
I like the cartoon, but Kris (another K) Kobach promoted the “self deportation” regime, where they indeed went after the employers. . . and the teachers, hospitals, renters, and merchants. Alabama put such a law in force. It was illegal to rent to an “illegal,” illegal to teach an undocumented child, illegal to care for an undocumented patient even in an emergency room (where the laws requiring care were still in force), etc.the farmers vote Republican even as they acknowledge that they would go out of business without undocumented workers. They also, incidentally, love their undocumented workers and have mouths filled with praise for their character.
Republicans don’t want to actually get rid of undocumented workers. Why should they? Undocumented workers are a twofer for them. Cheap labor and a handy scapegoat to rile up their base.
It’s the same story that’s as old as humanity itself. If you are going to exploit a group of people it is a much easier thing to do if you vilify and slander them first. It reduces their self-worth making them more tractable, it helps you feel like your exploitation is necessary for their own well-being and it allows you to retain the respect of your own family as well as esteem in your own community. No one ever says, “these are really good, hard working people, I am going to enslave them”. Much better to talk about “white man’s burden” and all.
Thanks for this cartoon. The idea of going after the US employers is not the only way to use the written law to gain a solution. We need to take the pressure off the boarder and create a way for the employers to hire the immigrants at the US embassy in the countries from which they come.
Then the ambassador could develop a formula about how much family to bring and create an agreement with the employer about what to pay, how to house, provide healthcare etc so there would not be competition that lowers the wages for Americans for the jobs in question. There could also be an agreement with the employer to return none citizens to their country of origin when their jobs here are done. Seasonal workers who move from farm to farm could be hired through farm-co-ops that already exist across our farmlands. The paperwork would be held by the employer so he would have materials to show ICE when they show up at his door.