An ugly New York Post story proves why secure borders is the compassionate solution to illegal immigration. To the contrary, as the Post story spells out, open borders often lead to immigration abuses and injustices
When “Maria” arrived in Long Island’s tony Hamptons four years ago, she doubtless thought she was on her way to the proverbial American dream. Although it’s a crime to hire illegal aliens, Maria quickly landed jobs working at a Caribbean-theme restaurant and cleaning beachfront mansions.
Unfortunately for the unsuspecting Maria, her jobs paid next to nothing, and she now lives with her three daughters and a sister in what the Post described as a “claptrap motel” infested with cockroaches and fleas that nonetheless charges $1,300 in monthly rent. In the Hamptons, nearly 500 cheap motels house, in violation of municipal codes and zoning laws, an almost exclusively illegal immigrant patronage. The motels, owned by millionaire slum lords, are safely out of view from the rich enclaves where the aliens toil at their domestic chores.
From the story:
“The situation allows the motel owners to rake in millions in cash each year from occupants who would otherwise be homeless. Motel room residents told The Post they were being charged in cash between $675 for a room in what resembled a wooden shack to as much as $1,700 for a two-bedroom ‘suite’ in a brick-lined motel complex. One resident told The Post that she had lived with her mother in a ramshackle clapboard motel room for 28 years.”
Harboring illegal immigrants violates federal law and is punishable by fines and/or jail sentences not to exceed 10 years.
In this sad saga, only the wealthy Hamptonites and unscrupulous motel owners benefit. The losers are the illegal immigrants, and the community members who fear that so many aliens living in such sub-standard conditions—“death traps” according to the story’s title—will lead to gang violence, drug trafficking and prostitution.
Secure borders, vigorous interior enforcement that includes mandatory E-Verify along with meaningful fines and penalties imposed on the violators are needed to spare future Marias from inhumane conditions.
A CAPS Action Alert on mandatory E-Verify is here. Please urge your Senators to support S 179.