"They need to give some permits to work," said Alfonso Martinez, a 26-year-old painter from Mexico who was naturalized in December. "All people want is to have drivers’ licenses and get jobs."
Why does Mr. Martinez think we need more workers? Is he unaware of the 30 million or so looking for work in this country right now?
"Yet, majorities of Tennesseans of all ages told pollsters that they favor creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants."
I cannot help but wonder if the pollsters asked Tennesseans if that path to citizenship should include future illegal immigrants? If I remember right, the last path to citizenship for illegals, endorsed by Reagan, created an onslaught of new illegals. I also wonder if the pollsters asked Tennesseans when and where we might come up with the jobs needed for the people who are here now? Just wonderin'.
""We’re good people that really want to push ourselves forward," Celeste Nuñez, a 24-year-old immigrant from Mexico, said as she waited in a Catholic Charities office on Nolensville Pike for help completing her citizenship application. "I think they really should give us a chance, not just Hispanics but all kinds of people."
That sounds reasonable but before we go too far, I think she should explain to us where she is going to get a job without underbidding someone else. I definitely do not think she should be allowed to 'push herself forward' at the expense of a legal family. While we are at it, I think she should explain to us why she thinks she should be exempt from a law that was enacted to protect working Americans from abusive working conditions. If she should be emempted from immigration law, why shouldn't employers be exempted from minimum wage laws or overtime laws or workers' comp laws? Please, explain to us which laws should be enforced and which laws should be ignored.
"He called such issues "distractions" to the core issues the state needs to focus on: economic development and education."
Deporting illegal aliens is economic development. Every working illegal alien represents a legal family that has been forced into unemployment and poverty when their jobs were stolen by the illegals. The unemployment and other benefits that must be paid to these families is a major drain on every state and on the federal government.