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Friday, August 24, 2007
posted by Devon Murphy | 12:23 AM | permalink
READ THIS. Steven A. Camarota is director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C.

A little background. As the Boston Globe covered last year in one of their more breathless displays of "gotcha" journalism, Mitt Romney hired a landscaping company to work on his house 7 years before he became Governor, whose employ he continued until 2006. Lo and behold, some of this country's 6 or 7 million undocumented workers were employed by said landscaping company. Governor Romney's defense? He didn't know their immigration status, and once he found out he hired a different landscaping company.

For those of you without access to the Globe, here are the essentials of Steven Camarota's response (emphasis mine):

But, the consumer, in this case the governor, is in no way responsible for business practices that go on behind the scenes. In fact, if the governor had asked the workers in question if they were illegal, he could have actually been sued under federal law for discrimination.

Think about it in a practical way. If consumers really are responsible in some way for businesses that hire illegals, why single out the landscaping company? What about the fast-food restaurants or video stores frequented by Massachusetts politicians and their employment of illegals? Given how many illegals work in poultry processing, there's also a good chance that the turkey most of us ate for Thanksgiving was processed by an illegal.
It is almost certain that every elected official, in fact every citizen in Massachusetts, has purchased a good or service provided by an illegal immigrant at some point. But this tells us nothing about the citizens of Massachusetts, all it says is that there are a lot of illegals in the state and in the country. To imagine a circumstance in which the consumer is at least morally culpable, one would have to have evidence that the buyer was aware of the violations. But there is no evidence the governor knew anything about the illegal workers.
There are, of course, people to blame for such situations. In the case of illegal immigration, it's the illegals themselves and the businesses that don't follow the law and hire them. The lawn-care company in this case apparently did not make even a half-hearted attempt to follow the law. The federal government is also to blame. Since Washington has failed to take even the most basic steps necessary to deter illegal immigration, even the most law-abiding consumer will unavoidably purchase services from businesses that employ illegal immigrants.

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They do not call election time the "silly season" for nothing.

People are being ridiculous in what they choose to focus upon and what they think matters in Presidential candidates.

We need a man who stands for our values and will improve the government.
That man is clearly Mitt Romney

By Anonymous GeorgiaMom, at August 24, 2007 at 8:50 AM  

I suppose there may be a market for goods certified "Made by Americans" soon.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2007 at 2:29 PM  

This is one of the greatest blog posts I have ever seen by any Mitt fan site! =)
Beautifully done, I have to say.
I totally agree with that entire article, how could he know if they were illegal? exactly, he couldn't.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 26, 2007 at 9:30 AM  

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