NYTimes' bloggers on immigration

The Times seems to think that the road to dystopia is a rash of new Senate bills trying to solve the problem of what to do with illegal immigrants in this country. These bills won't do anything; the whole thing is too messy, too intrusive, too expensive to execute; it will hurt the feelings of illegals and immigrant communities, thinks the Times.

The real dystopia is already upon us: to wit, the inability of the country to come together as a whole to solve a common pressing problem. We're already too diverse, too divided to achieve an effective solution. And it will only get worse in the future.

The increasingly nasty Democratic primary food fight over race and gender is a grim indicator of this future. The gloves are off, the fiction that we are all the same and equal and identical is gone. Dystopia, Babel, here we come.

Blah Blah Blah! I tell you, you New Yorkers, ESPECIALLY the NYT editorial staff are completely UNQUALIFIED to comment on many things (Yes, I'm challenging your integrity as well as your intellectual honesty and experience) and Illegal immigration rises to the top of the list for me. I know New York City is a city of immigrants, but how many Canadians snuck over your border last night?

I will tell you that I have never met a more hard working and honest people than the Hispanics, predominately illegals, who populate a slew of menial jobs here in Louisiana. Despite their character and hard work, they need to be sent home, now. The reasons, seen from the perspective here "on the ground" where undocumented Hispanic populations have exploded in the last three years, are manifest.

Compassion is a sorry justification for tolerating the presence of these folks. Churches are compassionate, people are compassionate, governments are NOT, and if they ever decide to become truly compassionate, our economy will grind to a halt. We cannot afford the social and economic burden created by a whole class of people who come to work in "below the radar" industries (like construction) and bypass paying taxes yet still manage to get what they need to work (drivers licenses, food stamps, free healthcare, free education, subsidies).

A good local example is Jefferson Parish (county next to New Orleans) which has 460,000 people in it and the highest per capita income of any county in Louisiana and is going broke because 12% of the students in their classrooms require special training because they don't speak English (Brookings Institute Katrina Index). Drawn by the construction dollars being poured into the area after Katrina, illegals have flooded both major hospitals in the parish, which now face 20%+ rates of uncompensated care as they are set upon by waves of undocumented workers without health insurance. Neighborhood covenants are being stressed and shattered as three or four families of illegals pool their resources to purchase (or rent) a single house. Their culture and lifestyles then exhbited publicly drive down house prices. This is not complex, this is not xenophobia, these are simple economic equations.

Eventually, despite my tithing at church, local government is going to look to me to fund a new tithe, to support waves of illegals who operate completely under the radar, who take but do not give to local government. This system is not sustainable. It's certainly not worth what we are saving in cheaper labor.

So don't you dare lecture to me, editorial board of the NYT about what constitutes sensible immigration policy, or what should be done with illegal aliens. You're simply not qualified until you are rolled by the wave yourselves. Then we'll talk.


— Mike Bertaut, Baton Rouge

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