James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.
Immigration & Illegal Immigrants
Americans do not seem to agree on what to do about immigration, legal and illegal. I have a clear idea about how to solve this conundrum.
My solution to the problem of illegal immigration is rather simple. First, we build a wall across our southern border to stop the inflow of illegals sneaking across.
Second, we issue a call throughout the land that all people here illegally must declare themselves. None of them who are working will be deported. Instead, we will issue work visas so that they may stay indefinitely—as long as they are gainfully employed. After a certain grace period, maybe ninety days, we will hunt down and deport any who did not report.
What we will not do is make illegal aliens automatic citizens. This is to test the progressives to see where their hearts really lie. Progressives claim that they only care about illegals out of humanitarian concerns. It is widely known that in fact what they care about is ten million new votes for their policies.
So, I propose a compromise: Illegals who are working can stay with the blessing of the United States, but they cannot vote. If this is not satisfactory to progressives, we will have unveiled their true motivations.
The Jobs Americans Won't Do
The whole idea that illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans won't do is a myth. Illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans won't do for the wages illegal immigrants will do them for. I propose that any illegal immigrant be paid the same wages as Americans. This will end the exploitation of illegals and put American workers on a level playing field with them.
There are no jobs Americans will not do. I recently took a long road trip by car across the Northwest United States. I drove through countless little towns; stayed in many motels; ate in many restaurants. I saw dozens of maids, waiters, busboys, lawn landscapers, and construction workers—they were all white Americans!
I spent the night in a city of the state of Washington. In the morning I saw a line stretching for blocks outside the window of my room. When I checked out, I asked the lady at the front desk what these folks were doing out there. She said they were in line at the county building to apply for jobs picking apples. There were a handful of Mexicans, but most were white people.
Illegal Aliens Take Jobs from Americans
I was in the business of painting private aircraft for more than ten years. I paid American workers an average of $20 an hour to work in my paint shop. Toward the end of my business, I kept hearing regular customers for my other services (fuel, maintenance, etc.) say they were going to Fort Lauderdale to have their planes painted instead of coming to my shop.
It seems the prices in Fort Lauderdale at this one particular paint shop were less than half my prices. Instead of paying $20,000 to have a Citation Jet painted, my old customers could now have it painted for $8,000. I could not figure out for the life of me how this could be done, what with overhead and all (health insurance, workers compensation, etc.). So I went to visit this paint shop for myself.
The day I visited the Fort Lauderdale paint shop, several black SUVs came screaming onto the ramp. It was ICE, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. While I was in the office of the proprietor, looking out his window, I saw the ICE agents put twenty men in a circle on the pavement in handcuffs before hauling them away.
I asked the proprietor what was going on. He said, "Ah, they just took my crew away. They'll send them back to Brazil. That's Ok. I'll have twenty more here tomorrow."
I was a stranger but he was quite open about it. He told me that they work for three dollars an hour with no benefits. They send most of the money back home. They know they'll be deported eventually. So, it's like a vacation for them, and a chance to make some real money—compared to what they make in Brazil. So that's how he paints a Citation Jet for $8,000!