Barbara Gassner: The law’s the law, Malibu

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Friday, March 24th, 2017

As a legal citizen of the United States, I am required to follow the laws of the country/state in which I reside – or be held accountable for my actions.

Understand this simple statement: No one from any country outside the United States has a legal right to be here illegally. No one here illegally has the legal right to the privileges awarded to legal citizens.

While I appreciate Malibu being worried about who will raise their children, clean their homes, mow their lawns, serve their food and work in their restaurants (That seaside city declared itself a sanctuary city this month) , these good workers are merely illegal slaves.

If the people of Malibu truly cared, they would help their illegal workers become legal citizens, not harbor them for their own purposes.

Malibu is afraid it could not continue without these honest, hard-working people seeking a better life. I get that. But they are still illegal and need to follow the rules of this land.

There is nothing that say “follow the laws of the United States – oh, except this one about being here legally. Just skip that one.”

I am not suggesting sending everyone back on planes and buses, separating families or turning our backs on good people seeking safe harbor and/or better life here in our country.

I suggest a possible solution being periodic Amnesty Weeks during which those here illegally can apply for citizenship through an expedited naturalization process without fear of deportation.

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Barbara Gassner: The law’s the law, Malibu

As a legal citizen of the United States, I am required to follow the laws of the country/state in which I reside – or be held accountable for my actions.

Understand this simple statement: No one from any country outside the United States has a legal right to be here illegally. No one here illegally has the legal right to the privileges awarded to legal citizens.

While I appreciate Malibu being worried about who will raise their children, clean their homes, mow their lawns, serve their food and work in their restaurants (That seaside city declared itself a sanctuary city this month) , these good workers are merely illegal slaves.

If the people of Malibu truly cared, they would help their illegal workers become legal citizens, not harbor them for their own purposes.

Malibu is afraid it could not continue without these honest, hard-working people seeking a better life. I get that. But they are still illegal and need to follow the rules of this land.

There is nothing that say “follow the laws of the United States – oh, except this one about being here legally. Just skip that one.”

I am not suggesting sending everyone back on planes and buses, separating families or turning our backs on good people seeking safe harbor and/or better life here in our country.

I suggest a possible solution being periodic Amnesty Weeks during which those here illegally can apply for citizenship through an expedited naturalization process without fear of deportation.

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  • Brian Baker

    Amnesty? Nonsense.

  • Ron Bischof

    “Amnesty Weeks”

    No. Offering incentives for lawbreaking isn’t rational. See: Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

    • Brian Baker

      Yeah, talk about an absurd idea. How does an “amnesty week” vary in any way from flat-out amnesty?

      Only in the “mind” of leftists…

  • Gil Mertz

    I keep noticing that the left continues to omit the word “illegal” whenever they talk about immigrants as though there is no difference. They’re trying to label anyone who opposes illegal immigration with just being xenophobic bigots who hate all immigrants. It’s the same shtick they used to label anyone who believed in traditional marriage as “anti-gay” or anyone opposed to abortion on demand as “anti-women.” Yet another way they’re trying to win the debate based on raw emotion instead of facts, truth, or empirical evidence.

    And I must add one amendment to your statement, “…I am required to follow the laws of the country/state in which I reside – or be held accountable for my actions….”

    …unless your last name is Clinton.

  • Bill Reynolds

    Barbara speaks truth and fact all in this short but powerful letter to the editor.

    • Brian Baker

      You’re FOR amnesty, Bill? I’m surprised.

      • Bill Reynolds

        No, not all. I oppose sanctuary cities 100% and providing entitlements to illegal aliens. Immigrants should migrate to the USA legally, just as my daughter-in-law and my mother did. I 100% favor building a strong wall at our southern border and strengthening our security. Thank you Brian for catching that and therefore enabling me to correct the record.

        • Dr. Michael Cohn

          Yes, well, the thing about legal immigrants is that business owners then have to pay them legal wages – something they are unwilling to do. You cannot have it both ways.

          • Ron Bischof

            Except when they do. The vast majority of the USA workforce is paid above minimum wage.

            Who makes minimum wage?

            Given the continuing campaigns by unions, workers, politicians and others to raise the federal minimum wage, it bears asking: Just who are minimum-wage workers, anyway?

            Perhaps surprisingly, not very many people earn minimum wage, and they make up a smaller share of the workforce than they used to. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year 1.532 million hourly workers earned the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour; nearly 1.8 million more earned less than that because they fell under one of several exemptions (tipped employees, full-time students, certain disabled workers and others), for a total of 3.3 million hourly workers at or below the federal minimum.

            That group represents 4.3% of the nation’s 75.9 million hourly-paid workers and 2.6% of all wage and salary workers. In 1979, when the BLS began regularly studying minimum-wage workers, they represented 13.4% of hourly workers and 7.9% of all wage and salary workers. (Bear in mind that the 3.3 million figure doesn’t include salaried workers, although BLS says relatively few salaried workers are paid at what would translate into below-minimum hourly rates. Also, 23 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have higher minimum wages than the federal standard; people who earned the state minimum wage in those jurisdictions aren’t included in the 3.3 million total.)

            People at or below the federal minimum are:

            • Disproportionately young: 50.4% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).

            • Mostly (77%) white; nearly half are white women.

            • Largely part-time workers (64% of the total).

            http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/08/who-makes-minimum-wage/