Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the best way to solve the drug problem to go after the drug dealers? Assuming that's correct, wouldn't it make sense to go after the corporations that employ illegal aliens rather than punishing the illegal aliens who are simply trying to make a better life for themselves and their families?

Why doesn't George W. Bush simply crack down on corporations like Wal-Mart and the agricultural industry for their illegal exploitation of illegal immigrants? Then set up a H1-B type visa program for migrant workers interested in crop picking and other common jobs fulfilled by illegal immigrants?

The jobs clearly need to be filled, but GWB's 'solution' to this is basically saying that it's okay for corporations to hire illegal aliens. Not good.

Yahoo! News - Wal-Mart Audit Finds Labor Violations: By The Associated Press

"NEW YORK - An audit by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of about 25,000 employees uncovered thousands of labor violations, including minors working during school hours and workers not taking breaks or lunches.

The audit of 25,000 employees performed by Wal-Mart in July 2000 detailed 1,371 violations of child-labor laws, including minors working too late, too many hours in a day or during school hours. On more than 60,000 occasions, workers missed breaks and on 16,000 they skipped meal times, in violation of most state labor regulations."

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