Glendora, CA 91741
September 22, 2007
New York Governor
Albany, NY 12224
Re: Driver’s licenses for illegal aliens
Dear Governor Spitzer:
According to the July 2007 U.S. Census Bureau, there are 54,277,000 million Americans, ages 16-64, who are not in the labor force. This includes 23 million "less-educated" American working-age adults who, for a variety of reasons, don’t have a job. Narrowing down these segments, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 14 million Americans actively seeking employment who cannot find a full-time job in today’s economy.
American Black janitors in Southern California saw their $15.00 per hour wages cut to about $8.00 in the 1980s as they were fired and their jobs given to illegal aliens. Same for American dry wallers in Southern California a few years later who lost-out to illegals at wages that fell from $20.00 per hour to about $9.00. Then there were all those American meat cutters, in the Midwest, - thousands of them who were wiped-out by illegals taking $19.00 per hour wages at the new rate of $9.00. This is happening throughout our nation, and most certainly as well throughout New York.
By allowing illegal immigrants to acquire New York driver’s licenses, you might as well hang a sign around the neck of the Statute of Liberty that proclaims, - “Just make it across the border”. This semaphore to violate our immigration laws will come back to bite you. All you’ve done by allowing illegal aliens to acquire New York driver’s licenses is allow them to more effectively compete with American workers for the same jobs. Additionally, illegal immigrants act as subsidies to businesses that employ unskilled workers, holding down labor costs while taxpayers pick-up the horrendous costs of providing services to a much larger poor and low-income population. Have you ever run the numbers?
It's a myth that Americans won't do hard labor, and therefore foreigners, either as illegal aliens or as guest workers must be imported to do them. The truth is that Americans won't live two families in a garage, or 20 in a trailer, and suffer similar indignities just to sell their first-world labors at third-world levels. It’s bottom-of-the-barrel wage rates, not hard work, that American workers reject.
The fiscal impact of immigrants varies strongly according to immigrants’ education level. College-educated immigrants are likely to be strong contributors to the government’s finances, with their taxes exceeding the government’s costs. By contrast, immigrants with low education levels are likely to be a fiscal drain on other taxpayers. This is important because half of all adult illegal immigrants in the U.S. have less than a high school education. And one way or another, this will take a toll on New York’s social service funds.
And into this caldron of malfeasance, low intellectual cunning, greed, and catawampus ideologies, enters the Governor of New York who nonchalantly wipes his feet on the faces of unskilled & uneducated American workers. Governor Spitzer, you’ve covered yourself with shame for not placing the welfare of Americans above the welfare of illegal aliens, and for getting sucker-punched by the creeps who convinced you to sign such an atrocious administrative policy change.
Illegal Immigrant Displacement of American Workers
The Pew Hispanic Center released a report in March, 2006, which estimated that illegal alien workers perform:
25% of all agricultural jobs
17% of all office and house cleaning positions
14% all construction jobs
12% of all food preparation jobs
This means that:
75% of agriculture jobs are filled by Americans/legal residents
83% of house cleaning jobs are filled by Americans/legal residents
86% of construction jobs are filled by Americans/legal residents
88% of food preparation jobs are filled by Americans/legal residents
Are the above statistics indicative of jobs American won’t do, or because of illegal aliens dropping their wage demands far below what American workers need to support their families?