Monday, May 01, 2006

Meat Plants Complicit in Immigration Lawbreaking

Let me see if I can work up a little sympathy for these companies.

Meat Plants to Close for Immigration Rallies

It's not working.

The top three beef-producing companies, Tyson Foods (TSN), Swift & Co. and Cargill Inc., all said they were closing plants.

Anyone else think that Tyson Foods, Swift & Co. and Cargill Inc. ought to face a little more scrutiny from the Feds?

"We obviously have some employees that this is an important issue and could affect their families, friends and neighbors," said Chris Kircher, a spokesman for Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra.

Yep, families, friends and neighbors only. Surely not the workers themselves!

Kircher, the ConAgra spokesman, said the company favors immigration reforms that support employees' rights and the company's ability to comply with federal laws to ensure a legal work force.

Employee’s rights! What exactly is that supposed to mean? Do US taxpayers have rights? If Mexican and Salvadorian poor have American rights, why not the downtrodden from all over the planet? Is a land bridge the great determiner of who gets these rights? If I plop my happy you-know-what into Mexico City and demand my ‘rights’, do you think anyone will listen? The last phrase is basically an admission that ConAgra not currently complying with federal law.

I apologize in advance, but I have a few things I have to get off of my chest.

1. If I hear another talking head say something on the order of ‘they do the jobs that Americans won’t do’, I’m going to jump through my television and throttle them. They do the jobs that Americans won’t do for $2.00 per hour.

2. Given Amnesty (and lets call it what it is), current illegal immigrants still will not be paying one cent in taxes. That myth needs to go away as well. If they somehow jumped into a tax bracket above the free one, it would defeat the whole purpose for them being here in the first place. Then we would have to go out and find a whole new wave illegal immigrants to replace them.

3. Having massive, vocal, flag waving rallies only points out how large the problem is to those of us who would not have otherwise known.

4. Election day is coming. Enjoy it while it lasts. This could be a disturbing election. Democrats are completely out in space on the issue and Republicans are so worried about catering to future constituents that they have forgotten about the old ones. Way to create a one issue election. Good luck to you all.

5. It is not racist to oppose illegal immigration. I don’t care where they are from, whether it’s El Salvador, China or Russia. Round them up, send them back. And yes, it can be done.

6. Americans created this problem. First and foremost to blame are companies such as those listed in the above article. Second is the government, which did nothing about it. Finally, the rest of us, who stood by and watched. Through a combination of apathy, greed and PC, we have brought this on ourselves. Don’t forget to vote.