Re: Last week’s IMAGE vote by Cobb Commission
If the feds were effectively securing the borders and deporting illegals when identified, this might not even be up for discussion.
I can’t fault some of the illegal aliens; they want work and they want a better life for their children and they know they can get it here. If you were an illegal alien husband and father, trying to provide the best possible life for your wife and children, what would you do? Keep them hungry and uneducated in a dirt-floor shack somewhere, with little chance to live a better life? Or would you ignore some sissy federal gringos and go for it?
Oh, and for those who contend these workers “are not paying taxes,” they might want to study the “cash flow” when the worker gets his pay in cash and his boss says to him, “I had to deduct ‘x amount’ to pay for taxes.” Well, now what will the illegal alien do? Will the contractor actually pay those taxes to the IRS? You tell me.
Why did the commissioners vote against the IMAGE program, which would have made sure those doing business with the county are not hiring illegal labor? Was it because of opposition to adding yet one more taxpayer funded level of federal involvement in local issues? Why relieve them of responsibilities they are already ignoring?
Perhaps our commissioners were instead just kowtowing to local “business tuxedos” to help them make a bigger profit by doing business here, thus bringing more money into Cobb?
What if a little of both positions were at play?
I support those who voted NO because if the feds won’t do the jobs they already have been assigned and paid to do, it makes no sense to allow the implementation of one more “FFA” (“Failed Federal Acronym”) and fund it just so employers could use it to try and find those illegal aliens that the feds won’t stop from entering or deport when caught.
Kenneth D. Parrott