In response to the two letters from Sandy Nielson (“Humane options needed”) and Patricia Wood (“Taxes but no benefits”) in the Aug. 23 edition of the Chinook Observer, I would like to reiterate that what happened to this family and many other families is very sad. My opinion remains the same as to the illegals who enter the U.S.
Both these woman don’t seem to care about the laws of our country. The companies that knowingly hire illegals do so for two reasons — first is lower wages are paid to these workers, and second it’s supply and demand. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office stated the supply of illegals is creating a new crisis where companies fire the illegals working for them who are demanding to be represented by a labor union. and replacing them with new illegals who are paid even lower wages. Greed is the culprit here.
There are over 4.4 million applicants from all over the world who have been waiting to be allowed to legally immigrate to the U.S. As for the less fortunate people from Mexico and that region who want to enter our country, there is a streamlined process in place which makes it easy to apply for either the H-2A or H-2B visas.
In the last eight months, the U.S. State Department has funded a program in those countries where they have set up local offices in hundreds of rural locations to help the local people apply for the visas. To date, they report over 65,000 workers have used the new system to successfully attain the work visas and are here working legally.
Both Ms. Nelson and Ms. Wood don’t mention the fact that these companies only have to prove that after 60 days of advertising to try to hire from the local labor force they can then hire workers from other countries using the H-2A and H-2B program.
We are talking about our local problem, but nationally the problem is much worse. Illegals now have flooded the construction trades and truck driving sectors and have driven the wages down to stagnate levels. Once again, greed by the companies is the villain. Building trades were once a great way to make a living, but those days are gone. I can only say it again — we must obey the laws of our great country.
Ocean Park, Washington