Later this evening Barack Obama will do what he does best: He will come into our homes whether we want him to or not by way of yet another prime time Presidential announcement. Never mind that Obama has for years stated he does not have the legal authority to grant legal status to individuals who are in the country illegally, he has decided that now he does. Tonight Barack Obama will for the 2nd time in his Presidency create thousands of well paying jobs with the stroke of his pen. Both times were jobs for those who guide and cross people through Mexico and into the US by way of the US/Mexican border.
I have included a few actual photographs of some who have been brought into this country by immigrant business owners who have worked them for years to pay off a debt that their employers claim to be upwards of $10,000 when they barely paid $3000 to get them here. I want to put some actual faces for you to see when you think about some of the very issues we refuse to acknowledge or address.
I write this from a unique perspective, I have personal and extensive experience in the area of crossing individuals into the US from Mexico. I have extensive experience in the area of getting people who have entered the US without proper documentation North of the US Immigration, Customs and Border Enforcement check points located between the US/Mexican Border and the Interior of the United States. Mexicans call the area between the US/Mexican border and the northern most ICE checkpoints the "Fronteria" which they know that they can pretty much survive and remain in the US easier by trying to stay within the border area known as the Fronteria. The cost to cross one person into the US from Mexico in 2007 was averaging $1200 just getting an adult male into the "Fronteria" of the US. That price increases to between $2500-$3500 per adult male from Mexico. If the individual was coming from any other country south of Mexico that price would not be less than $10,000 into the Fronteria of the US and as little as $20,000 points north.
For children, women and pregnant women the prices would start at $2000 and up for those from Mexico and upwards of $20,000 from points south of Mexico.History shows without any doubt that just talking about changing how those entering the US illegally are dealt with brings with it an influx of new undocumented individuals and serves as a boom for new business to Coyotes in Mexico as well as in the United States.
Those who predict that Obama's Executive action or Presidential Memo will bring with it a new influx of children and others crossing the US border illegally are not wrong, except for the fact the new influx is already on the way from just the talk about Obama doing this.
The immigration system will not miraculously be fixed by this unilateral action in direct contradiction of law. In fact what Obama and those who are in favor of amnesty will not address is the number of individuals in the US illegally who have no desire to become citizens or legal. In April 2001 the opportunity to register with INS and pay a fine to become holders of a legal Green Card under a Clinton act ended. I personally assisted a friend in California to file the proper letters attesting to when they entered into the US, attesting to being employed and the length of employment who (despite having multiple people who would write those letters and say whatever they needed to say to get a legal green card) decided it was not economically in their best interest to do that. They could send more money back to Mexico and build their home and lifestyle in Mexico by continuing to work and remain in the US illegally. The fact is, this Executive or Presidential Memos action will make all those who have grown tired of paying the US consulate $100 US (the fee in 2005) to obtain a Visa to enter the US only to be denied every time, choose to invest that money into Coyotes who will get them into the US faster and in most cases guaranteed.
Many will ignore the fact that giving individuals valid Green Cards only makes it easier for those who want to travel back and forth between the US and their home country possible. Many of these will use this new found freedom to travel openly using these new Green Cards to export goods and money back into Mexico which many currently do using proxy's.
Those currently working and residing in the US by way of using fake Social Security numbers and/or in a lot of cases the Social Security numbers of others would (if Obama's Executive action or Presidential Memos was to address the legal issues and or the criminal violations) have to acknowledge that they have been engaged in the fraudulent and criminal use of another person's Social Security number. Is Obama's Executive action going to dismiss and simply pardon these documented criminal acts? There is also the question, what about those who applied for a TIN (Tax payer Identification Number) because they did not have and were not entitled to a Social Security Number for the express purpose of filing a tax return to collect the Earned Income Credit on children who did have Social Security Numbers?
There is a large number of immigrant owned businesses that continue even today to bring workers into the United States by hiring Coyotes to transport and cross them. These business owners employ these individuals and do not pay minimum wage, they don't pay payroll taxes on them and when one gets arrested and/or deported they simply bring in another. This is a problem that no one be it the President or Congress have ever addressed. We hear so much about human trafficking but we do nothing about business owners who pay to have employees brought into the country so they can work them 7 days a week and make them pay for the privilege to work here!
There are too many issues that involves people currently living and working in the US illegally that no one wants to address or even acknowledge publicly. Until we do nothing will change except for the number of people that are brought into the country illegally (certain to increase ten fold); and the number of businesses that continue to line their pockets with the labor of their hometowns citizens working in indenture servitude.
Either way, Barack Obama will continue to say we are "a nation of laws" while continuing himself to ignore and violate those very "laws." Offering legal Green Cards is not going to bring those out of the shadows.