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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Immigrants courted as good customers

Like the title of the story in USA Today? Me too.

I expected that "illegal" would not make it into this story with the exception of possibly near the end. Imagine my surprise when it made it into the second paragraph; "undocumented" got top billing in the first. WOW!!!

Headlines or titles mean alot, as often people just glance them. Eventually "illegal" immigrant just becomes "immigrant," as it has already begun to do.

From USA Today:

Critics may see illegal immigrants as lawbreakers and threats to the U.S. economy. But some banks, health insurers, retailers and other businesses see millions of potential consumers, taxpayers and homeowners.
However, the figures are close to impossible to comeby with regard to the "illegal" version of the immigrant. But as the "illegal" immigrants blend into the Hispanic market there is really nothing to do but to continue to market to the group, which makes sense; they are in the business to do business and earn revenue.

That's why it's up to the government to do something about the "illegal" immigration issue.

According to USA Today:
At least 200 U.S. financial firms and other businesses accept an identification card called matricula consular, which is issued to Mexican nationals by Mexican consulates. More than 4 million immigrants carry the cards, according to the Mexican government and the Congressional Research Service.
Maybe matricula consular should not be an accepted form of identification for these various transactions. I'm sure this would create hurdles, but hurdles can be gotten over.

Further from USA Today:
The Internal Revenue Service, frowning at lost tax revenue to the underground cash economy, is encouraging undocumented workers to enter the U.S. financial system. The IRS issues individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) to undocumented workers and others without Social Security numbers.
The above is one of the prime examples of this is such a thorny issue. Just like recinding the federal taxes on a gallon of gas would lower gas prices, not issuing ITINs to "illegals" (why else wouldn't they have SSNs), would hamper the ease with which "illegals" function within our country. But, doing either of these things would affect something our political leaders worship and that is money.

This is something that makes groups like the Coalition Against Illegal Immigration and the Guard the Borders Blogburst among others extremely necessary. Politicians will continue with their magic acts; a good example being the McCain/Kennedy Bill. Yeah, we'll uh, set up this migrant worker thingee plan, amnestitize the illegal community by some other name and get to tougher border security down the road.

There's a little bit for everyone in these bills, so we should all be happy, right. But, little bits when merged together rarely create an effective big bit; leaving 90% of the little bits cousins untouched which eventually leads to them becoming big bits all on their own.

It was 20 years ago that amnesty was given and the borders crack were allowed to fester. 11 to 20 million illegal immigrants and one major domestic terrorist act later we find ourselves at the same juncture. If we treat this as it has been treated in the past we won't have to wait another 20 years to get to the 11 to 20 million estimates; like technology, problems multiple exponentially.

Give the pols their way (not ours) and lets chat about the new "illegal" problem in another five or ten years.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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