Federal Hypocrisy on Illegal Immigrant Labor

Apparently, there’s a good reason why federal and state agencies don’t want you using illegal labor. And it’s not to free up jobs for taxpaying citizens—it’s apparently because they want more workers to fill the ranks of their detention centers. That’s right, immigrant detainees are a huge base of inexpensive labor for illegal immigrant detention centers all over the country:

As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor—usually for $1 a day or less—at the detention centers where they are held when caught by the authorities.

I don’t know what you all think about immigration, legal or otherwise. But whatever you think, this is ridiculous. Why are these immigrants even being detained at all? Why aren’t they being deported? And if they are criminals, why aren’t they being punished (as in fined, flogged, etc. and then deported?)

These detention centers are really expensive. And you and I are paying for them. So you have the choice of paying for the healthcare and living expenses of  an illegal immigrant through socialized medicine, welfare, or whatever. Or you can pay for his healthcare and living expenses directly by housing him in taxpayer-funded detention centers.

But don’t worry, the detention centers are cutting down on costs by using the same cheap labor it’s illegal for you to use. And that savings is being passed on to you, the taxpayer, right? Wrong. That savings equals a profit for the detention facilities. A profit? Yes. Most of them are privately run centers re-imbursed by the federal government. Which means that whatever they can save is just cream on top for them. Are you disgusted yet? If you’re not, you’re not paying attention.