Sunday, July 15, 2007

How did I miss this?

Did anyone else notice that Crimestoppers is offering rewards to report illegal aliens? How fucked up is that?

Will Crimestoppers reward children who report their overstaying parents? That is like something out of George Orwell's 1984.

Why waste time going after the individuals? That is a never ending battle. For every individual deported, three take their place. Shouldn't the government go after the businesses and locals employing illegals instead? If a business gets caught, shut it down...or at least fine them. Heavily.

In doing so, the government could shut down all of the whore houses (operating as karaoke clubs and massage parlors) employing overstaying, out of work garment workers. It would also level the playing field for those businesses playing by the rules.

Unless of course the government thinks that whore houses are good for the economy...

6 comments:

Jake said...

oh my...

SPN Lifer said...

Probably the easiest way to solve many of the of the alien abuse problems would be to bar the employment of contract workers in rooms where alcohol is sold or consumed.

bigsoxfan said...

or are whore houses the economy? Who's paying the bounty? Is this a pre-federalization program or "we can clean up our own mess"? Is it up to a grand or $1k firm per delivered illegal? I could see some of the legal unemployed working for that sort of money. Not much harder than knocking over a poker palace

Bruce A. Bateman said...

They're right.

There are just a handful of real illegals here. There are thousands here legally, however, who work the underground economy and have learned to play the labor and immigration departments like a bad violin. If they went after those, the legit businesses on island playing by the rules would have a chance of surviving. Let’s hope those are the ones they are after.

Payroll taxes are next to zero now. A tiny fraction as a percentage of pay and most of that is rebated (in theory..in practice of course the rebates are years behind). The typical contract worker pays in a couple of hundred for the year. Meanwhile, they have 6 kids in school, 3 jalopies on the road, are hooked to a woefully inadequate water and sewer system and get the equivalent of Hilary Heaven…free 100% medical coverage (that, at least, is actually paid for…not by them of course, but by their employers). Lots of benefits, next to none of it paid for by the recipient.

marianas life said...

i have an image of the crimestoppers marching group at hopwood 2/3 of which are Filipino. Are they going to start reporting on each other's parents? I remember when the major immigration reform happened in the us in the 90's and schools were told they would have to report children of undocumented workers. Most refused. i hope we don't start doing that here.

as for health insurance, i wouldn't be able to afford coverage on $3.05 an hour. And now, with Litcelle, our only option is to try and get her Medicaid because the insurance company PSS uses won't cover legal guardian dependents. We'd have to legally adopt her, which her parents don't want. Access to education and health care should be available to all people regardless of income, legal status or insurance. Those should be basic human rights.

Besides, the contract workers aren't the one's drumming up the huge medical expenses, its locals with diabetes, obesity, heart disease, kidney failure etc. I'm guessing most of them don't have insurance either.

Marites said...

hOW ABOUT GO AFTER ALL DEKADA MOVEMENT WHO LIKE TO HAVE A US CITIZEN? i REALLY WONDER IF THE PRESIDENT OF DEKADA IS LEGAL IN THE CNMI.