Michael Bloomberg is the Barney Fife who ended up in charge of New York City when the lovable Sheriff Giuliani retired. And last week, he went and shot off his one bullet during a Senate hearing on amnesty for illegal aliens. Essentially, he said that the Big Apple is rotten to the core. So rotten, in fact, that if we ever began seriously enforcing our immigration laws, the city that claims to be America’s greatest would collapse and die.
I’m not sure what was more ridiculous, Barney Bloomberg’s Chicken Little moment in defense of the corrupt underground economy, or just the fact that the Senate was staging hearings on amnesty at all. For the Senate to hold hearings now, after they’ve already passed the most sweeping amnesty bill in U.S. history, is a little like a court, after pronouncing the verdict, deciding to have a little trial –you know, just so the peasants stop whining about the fix being in.
Regarding the estimated 500,000 illegal aliens that have stowed away inside the city that never checks immigration status, Mayor Fife stated that:
“Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders … our city’s economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported.” Adding ominously, “The same holds true for the nation.”
Oh, thank God, they got here just in time. If they hadn’t been willing to break the law, who knows what horrors could have befallen the poor helpless United States? I mean, Bloomberg himself might have had to eat buffet style for lack of little foreign servants to wait upon him. And only Allah knows who might drive the cabs (or the Ryder trucks).
As far as I know, only one part of New York City has ever actually “collapsed,” and seeing as several of the 19 hijackers involved in making that happen were illegal aliens, it was not a lack of “undocumented workers” that caused the collapse.
Since Deputy Bloomberg seems incapable of considering anything other than economics in the immigration debate, let’s examine a few numbers, just to estimate what a repeat of a large terrorist attack could cost New York City. According to a report commissioned by the New York Senate after 9/11, the attacks of that day were estimated to cost New York $105 billion dollars in damage, lost taxes, lost jobs and lost businesses. That works out to $210,000 for every illegal alien in New York City. At that rate, I don’t know how much more cheap labor we can afford. That would buy a lot of legal busboys, Barney.
The al Qaeda operatives who were foiled in their plot to blow up New York’s subway tunnels last week must love the sort of institutionalized corruption that has taken hold within much of America’s ruling class — a corruption that has fostered the “sanctuary city” policy of asking no questions, of ignoring the fake Social Security numbers, the fake IDs, and the illegal driver’s licenses. They must love the large community outside the law that will not co-operate with police, the supporting networks of human smugglers and forgers, and the cash-only, off-the-books jobs beyond the ability of the IRS, ICE or FBI to monitor.
What good is a “watch list” when the man on it lives in an apartment in someone else’s name, working for cash in a back room, among a community that hides all, in a city that tells its cops to ask no questions — lest the price of hors d’oeuvres go up 3%?
But wait, there’s more! Mayor Fife also threw in this nugget regarding the ability of the United States to control its own destiny regarding illegal immigration:
“No wall or army can stop hundreds of thousands of people each year.”
And that would be especially true if Bloomberg were in charge of the Army. That man has the sort of “can-do” spirit that New York needs in a mayor! If only Mayor Bloomberg had been in charge of stopping the Axis in World War II, those German classes I took in college might never have been necessary. Rudy Giuliani was “America’s Mayor.” Bloomberg seems set on being “Latin America’s Mayor.” Oh well, to each according to his abilities, I guess.
Lastly, I would like to address a moral issue inherent in Bloomberg’s statement that our immigration laws must not be enforced too vigorously for fear that it could hurt some businesses: Perhaps some businesses should be hurt by law enforcement -say, those that make their profits by breaking the law. And if an entire city is dependent upon such businesses, then perhaps it should be hurt too.
The illegal alien employer has no more right to have his profits protected from law enforcement than does the tax cheat, the thief, the con man, or the bribe giver. These things are illegal, and if you make your money by means of them, it is in society’s best interest to harm your business.
And if that means some cities are hurt more than others … so be it. The more honest ones will finally benefit from their honesty.