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Monday, June 18, 2012

The NY Times Lives In an Alternative Universe

Scroll down and you'll find a reference to Mitt Romney, who says the number of unemployed and underemployed in this country is now 23 million.  And rising (Obama will try to convince you that the number of jobs extant has risen for 27 straight months, but what he doesn't say is that the number of workers seeking employment has risen even higher in each and every one of those months, what with immigrants and young people entering the marketplace by the hundreds of thousands).

Despite all that, the New York Times this morning makes a wonderful argument against Alabama's harsh law targeting illegals ... a wonderful argument IF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WERE AT FULL EMPLOYMENT.

The Times:
Alabama law drives out illegal immigrants but also has unexpected consequences

Albertville, Ala. — For years, most poultry workers here were Mexican immigrants, including some who were in the country illegally. But last fall, after a tough state law against illegal immigrants took effect, many vanished overnight, rattling the town’s large Hispanic community and leaving the poultry business scrambling to find workers willing to stand for hours in a wet, chilly room, cutting up dead chickens.

“Even someone born and raised in Albertville may not have the necessary skills or be able to pass a background check,” said Frank Singleton, a spokesman for Wayne Farms, which owns the slaughterhouse. The firm held a job fair that attracted about 250 local residents, but few were hired, and some soon quit, daunted by the demanding work. Since the law took effect, he said, “our turnover rate has gone through the roof.”

Sponsors of the law say it has done exactly what they had hoped, driving tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from the state.

[State Sen. Scott Beason, the sponsor of the law,] said he had “absolutely no doubt” that the law, and the resulting exodus of illegal workers, has started putting more Alabamians to work. Beason noted that the state’s unemployment rate has fallen sharply since last fall, from 9.8 percent to 7.2 percent, and he said the new law was “a big part” of the reason. “I get phone calls from people thanking me all the time,” he said.

Nevertheless, a variety of employers in Alabama said they have not been able to find enough legal residents to replace the seasoned Hispanic field pickers, drywall hangers, landscapers and poultry workers who fled the state. [link] [emphasis mine]
Bullshit.  If employers in Alabama can't find employees, they aren't trying.

This argument might have worked when George W. Bush came into office. But today, with a fifth of America being out of work?


That ol' dog don't hunt no mo'.