Yesterday I was asked a really difficult question. As many might guess, I have an answer for almost everything. When I ran a networking enterprise in Denver, I was asked once, "What if you don't know the answer?" My answer was, "I'll make it up." Some would call that brainstorming; others might call it networking.
But yesterday I struggled with an answer. I received a request for help on behalf of a driver whose traffic maneuver had attracted the attention of a police officer. The officer stopped the driver and determined that he had no driver's license, and the officer arrested the driver and took him into custody. The problem? The driver doesn't just not have a license; he is in the U.S. illegally.
Traffic court judges in McHenry County warn those in court that, if they are not in the U.S. legally, then they are at risk of being detained on an immigration hold and possibly deported.
The person asking for help on behalf of the driver said, "But he's a really nice person and works hard."
The argument that illegal aliens soak up jobs that would otherwise be held by citizens of the U.S. might be true in some cases, but I suspect it's an argument that really doesn't hold much water. What "American" kid or adult will wash dishes or do lawncare work or pick fruit or work at a carwash for minimum wage? Not any that I know.
If they weren't available for those low-wage, labor-intensive jobs, would those employers be forced to pay higher wages that would attract "American" workers? And, if employers paid higher wages, would they still be able to attract workers? How high would the wages have to be to attract kids and other unemployed McHenry County residents to do the back-breaking work of lawncare or to wash cars 40 hours/week? (Now, I'm aware that "American" can include Mexicans and Canadians, who reside in North America.)
What really is the solution to the problem of undocumented people in the U.S.? Amnesty doesn't seem like the solution to me, because that seems to "approve" their illegal entry into the U.S. Mass deportation doesn't seem like the right solution. Jailing until deportation doesn't seem like the right solution.
Who knows the solution? Do you?