The economic situation at most newspapers over the past 10 years has been stressed. If 10,000 people showed up with the skills and interest to become newspaper editors or writers and were willing to work for 50 percent or 30 percent less, would McClatchy hire a few? What if some were not legally here or here only temporarily? Would someone consider hiring them in The N&O warehouse or subcontracting delivery to a company that might hire a few illegals for less? What about the people who locally deliver the paper to my door? Are they legal?
The situation in the construction industry with contract workers that your “Contract to Cheat” series described may or may not be illegal. Joshua Lawson, who was featured in a front-page article, understood his company could find “immigrants to do the work more cheaply.”
So now we see who is harmed by illegal immigration. Calling for amnesty sounds noble – but does it institutionalize the loss of opportunity and decline of wages for generations to come? Punishing employers or calling them out for trying to survive in a tough industry may seem fair. But that would be like punishing drug users and not punishing drug producers and suppliers.
We used to be a nation of laws, but if illegal immigration is tolerated, then who follows the rules?