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Claudia Burnam

"Why aren't these laws enforced?" You would be better off starting with the laws against entering this country illegally. Hiring problems solved. E G Wiley

Gary Miller

Allen. Why not identify the main criminals. The US Chamber of commerce directs massive lobbying money to politicians willing to look away when they pay a fraction of minimum wage to day workers who work 6 or 7 days a week. No FICA taxes paid our income taxes withheld. Cheating the immigrants and all American workers. We do have laws against this practice but judges are as easy to buy as law enforcement agencies. If E verify were enforced as intended these criminal businesses couldn't survive. Every attempt to enforce E verify has met with defeat by liberal judges, based on claiming it is wrong to force, let or require businesses to question legal citizens about their citizenship. Any lawyer can find or pay someone to object to being asked if they are citizens. E verify can't work until every employee is checked.

Carlos Ponce

To blame Trump is foolhardy. Border problems have plagued Texans since Texas was a Republic. It is also a reason given for Texas seceding from the Union at the onset of the Civil War. Who do we blame for the current crisis? Americans who partake in illegal drugs and sex trafficking are some of the culprits. Why the increase in illegal immigration? Seeking asylum and refugee status is a "red herring", ie FALSE. Only a small percentage of them legally qualify as refugees or asylum seekers. A thousand try to cross the border diverting border agents to that area. At the same time, drug traffickers, sex traffickers (often involving children) cross at another location. That's what's going on. The proposal before the House is no solution. It is tantamount to open borders.

Robert Braeking

Getting Mexico to align with the United States in stemming the tide of illegal immigration is possibly to date the most brilliant achievement of the Trump administration.

Gary Miller

If Mexico actually keeps it's word.

David Smith

Unemployment is at an all time low.Anybody that wants to can find a job There are 3 million unfilled jobs. Why does Galveston have to hire foreign workers every year? Raising wages will only make people want to come here even more.. The socialist party acts as if there is no blorder crisis.. They ignore the problem.. Im assuming your not old enough to remember when they were representing the working middle class. Today they are out to destroy this country

Bailey Jones

Profit is fundamental to a capitalistic system. And cheaper labor means higher profits. Sometimes that means exploiting illegal immigrants, sometimes that means having the US government subsidize the low wages you pay with food stamps and other forms of welfare. But the only way to halt illegal immigration is to relieve the economic and political pressures that make walking 1000 miles to the US with a baby on your back seem like a reasonable alternative to staying put. We should be working south of the border to bring order and justice to those governments so that businesses will have the confidence to divert some of the $ billions we send to China to develop good paying jobs there.

Gary Miller

Bailey! It should be noted the migrants are fleeing socialist governments. No amount of money can fix that.

Carlos Ponce

And the DNC wants to create a Socialist government for this country?

Bailey Jones

Nah. If people fled socialism we'd be overrun with Canadians.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, where do you think Canadians get their health care?

Bailey Jones

I'd have to guess Mexico. That's where my daughter and the wife of a good friend are currently having surgery.

Carlos Ponce

Anywhere but Canada..... Amusing.

Jim Forsythe

Between 750,000 and 1.8 million Americans leave the country for medical reasons every year because of the high costs of treatments and surgeries. Many Americans travel to other countries for plastic surgery, dental surgery, gastric bypasses and orthopedic surgeries. “For Americans, the main destination is Mexico due to its geographical proximity and the relation(ship) between both countries.

Carlos Ponce

Big difference, Jim. Americans leave because of costs and procedures, drugs not authorized in this country. People come to the US because they don't want to wait their turn in their country's health program and because of the quality of US health providers.

Don Schlessinger

My question to all the folks inviting illegals into America is who will, and how are we going to support the millions crossing the border? Our taxes have to go up, who will be blamed conservatives, our governor, our president? Will we reach a point where we are supporting so many illegal non English speaking, uneducated, sick people in Texas we have to have an income tax, or raise taxes on property even more than they are now? States that do not border Mexico don't want illegals, they are going to be too expensive to support. In other words, NIMBY. Texas is stuck educating illegal children and we homeowners are STUCK holding the bag. How much of your take home pay are you willing to give up for illegal aliens,5 ,10 ,15%? Silence, no one is willing to talk about what all this is costing and who pays for it.

Jim Forsythe

Just in IT security, we have half a million jobs, in the USA, that are not being filled each year. The USA has not done a good job of advance planning in the area of looking ahead at job needs. If we would have, training would have happened and we would have worker ready to fill the jobs. Lack of qualified workers is holding back the growth that could happen in high paying job fields. If we want, we could fill jobs with worker from other countries. If we do not do this, we will continue to have jobs going unfilled until our training for skilled jobs catches up, which may never happen. ----------- ----------- Increasingly in the US, there are two paralleled economies . "There's highly skilled, increasingly specialized labor, and there's a dramatic shortage of people to fill those jobs, and then there's another population that doesn't have those skills or hasn't had the opportunity to find those skills in the workplace, and find it increasingly difficult to find good jobs in the US."

Don Schlessinger

You talk about jobs available and no people trained to do the work. That's today, how long will it take to train people coming across our southern border? Who will support these people while we train them and how much will it cost. Have you watched TV recently, have you noticed the illegals crossing the border? When can we put them to work in the jobs you say are so empty. America has a problem with untrained Americans not being able to be employed in these jobs. But you ignored my question Jim, who's going to pay for all this? America is on schedule to allow 1+million illegals into the county this year--again, who's going to pay for housing, medical and job training for these people. All the million and billionaire's money will eventually will run out and the rich will be poor also. Then Bernie and AOC's dream will come to pass--true equality, everyone in America will be broke.

Jim Forsythe

How long will it take to train people, depends on when we start doing the training. ----------------------------- The lack of training I talked about is in the USA population, and will continue until we address it. The jobs that I talked about that go unfilled , we can hire workers from other places that are already trained, but should be our last on our list in ways to fill these jobs. Until we train our people for upcoming jobs, we will have the problem of very good jobs going unfilled. ----------------- ---------------------------- What you are talking about is our inability to address the problem we have with people that want to be live in the USA , but were not born here. We have a history of wanting to use this work force for our gain. For 7th Consecutive Year, Visa Overstays Exceeded Illegal Border Crossings. From 2016-2017, people who overstayed their visas accounted for 62 percent of the newly undocumented, while 38 percent had crossed a border illegally. The Trump administration is working on overstays , but how successful they will be, time will tell. To address the problem of people being here that should not, we have to change the way we do things. Using E-verify to its fullest, which would allow us to know the locations of people and what jobs they have and if the are going to school and such. Require all renters, that are required to use E-verify to report that location. Require all people that fall under this, to report once a week, job status, school status, where they are living. Require all schools , jobs, to report that person status, each week. If it has changed, quit school, not going to classes ,quit job, the person in charge must report this when it happens , or face jail. This will have the effect of self deporting. We can moan about the problem , or we can fix it. This would require all to work together, which at this time is not happening. Who's going to pay, if we refuse to address the problem?

Don Schlessinger

Still can't talk about the money can you Jim. All these "pie in the sky" ideas but no way to pay for them. To quote a famous Democratic Socialist named Clinton in the early ninety's, "It's all about the money." Except he ended the saying with Stupid, I know you're not.

Jim Forsythe

Don, you can complain about no way I can afford training, or you CAN do the following. You can go to trade school and after you get a job, start going to a collage. Some jobs like I had would pay 85% of the cost Money can come from many places. If a company wants trained workers they can have a Apprenticeship Program or a internship program. Join the Military and take advantage of the training they have and the money they give to go to school If you live in Galveston and get good grades, you get 2 years of free Jr. Collage. Jr.Collage is a great way of controlling cost. Every year scholarships go unused. Student loans can help. Working while going to school. My Nephew will graduate next year, debt free and with more in the bank than when he started. He already has jobs lined up in IT security, if he does not decide to go for a advance degree. One other Nephew , who is a Vet ,raised herds of cattle to pay for his schooling. If one can not find funding, you are looking in the wrong places.

Carlos Ponce

The "top" DACA job? Food preparation and serving. Not really in high demand.... https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/05/us/politics/who-are-the-dreamers.html?mcubz=3

Jim Forsythe

As I do not pay for the NY times , I have no idea if the numbers you saying are larger than other people of their ages. Are the jobs you referring to starter jobs, and are they still going to school at the same time? Are school counselors helping students find higher paying careers or just letting them find their own way, which may include working at the low paying jobs. Most young people require guidance.-------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Until we address training for all that are in the USA legal, we will have people that have low paying jobs, even then some will not take advantage of training. Last night on tv news, a school district in the Houston area was looking for bus drivers, and are paying $16 a hour. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While significant numbers of DACA recipients are employed in professional occupations, the most common industries of employment are hospitality, retail trade, construction, education, health and social services, and professional services.

Carlos Ponce

"As I do not pay for the NY times......" Neither do I. Have you tried cleaning your cookies? Try this link: http://archive.is/18Riv

Dan Freeman

As usual Mr. Ponce deliberately misrepresented the NYT summary. Here is the original table, where over half of DACA eligible workers are in Sales, Office, Construction or Production jobs. Shame on a high school math teacher. DACA-eligible workers Food preparation and serving 16% Sales and related 15% Office and adminstrative support 12% Construction and extraction 10% Production 8% Transportation and material moving 8% Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance 6% Management, business, science and arts 4% Personal care and service 4% Installation, maintenance and repair 3% Farming, fishing and forestry 2%

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, you have a problem with "DACA" people working? Carlos, are you saying that food preparation and serving is a bad life choice? I and nearly 50 percent of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry at least once during their life. Some have stayed with this as a life that they want, and have done very well. 58 percent of all workers in the industry are 25 and older, and 12 percent of these are 55 and old. Combined food preparation and serving workers including those in fast food and waiters and waitresses are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States, employment in restaurants and bars is projected to grow at a faster pace. People in food preparation and serving are in high demand. With between 10,000 and 11,000 restaurants open for business at any given time in and around Houston and the immediate Houston suburbs, a lot of good jobs are available.

Carlos Ponce

Dan, I did NOT misrepresent the NYT data. The highest listed is STILL FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVICE. It's still the plurality.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I have no problem with DACA men and women working. I'm just presenting the information from the NYT without comment. But you choose to shoot the messenger.[scared]

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, what is your comment? Do you have one, and if you do please share it. The information you are presenting means what? Are you saying that working in food preparation and serving is bad, good are what? Trying to represent that the majority of DACA men and women were working as such is stretching the truth. 16% mean that 84% are not working in this industry. You did not bother to say what the rest are doing to make a living ! Please fill in the holes in you post.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I provided no comment, just data from a web site, but you were quick to jump my *** on your baseless perceptions.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, what does this mean, "The "top" DACA job? Food preparation and serving. Not really in high demand..." Did you just cut and paste it , and have no comment or opinion. Are you trying to infer a hidden meaning or are you using some code phrase, that only the far right knows about? What are my baseless perceptions ? That 84% of the DACA men and women are not working in food preparation and serving . That People in food preparation and serving are in high demand. Or is it a lot of good jobs are available. Which one or one's are baseless? Do you want to leave it at, you just cut and pasted it or will you please comment.

Carlos Ponce

"The "top" DACA job?" The job held by DACA recipients with the highest percentage of participants. It was a simple post designed to provide access to information. That's all. You're reading too much into it.

Jim Forsythe

Which one of my perceptions are baseless?

Carlos Ponce

Everything you've written on this thread.

Jim Forsythe

I asked "Which one of my perceptions are baseless?" Your answer "Everything you've written on this thread." below are my statements, which ones are baseless ? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) 84% are not working food preparation and serving. I used your number of 16% working as food preparation and serving. The rest,84% are not, so how is this wrong? ----------------------------------------------------- 2) People in food preparation and serving are in high demand. This is true as in the Houston area between 10,000 and 11,000 restaurants open for business at any given time in and around Houston and the immediate Houston suburbs. Job opportunities in food preparation and serving are strong for anyone the want to pursue this as a career.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3) 58 percent of all workers in the industry,food preparation and serving are 25 and older, and 12 percent of these are 55 and old. This is true and reflects people that make it a life long career .----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4) While significant numbers of DACA recipients are employed in professional occupations, the most common industries of employment are hospitality, retail trade, construction, education, health and social services, and professional services. This is true.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5) Last night on tv news, a school district in the Houston area was looking for bus drivers, and are paying $16 a hour. This is true--May 31, 2019 · The average hourly pay for a Bus Driver in Houston, Texas is $16.43.------------------------ Sorry if I missed anything you think I said wrong. Saying that, "Everything you've written on this thread." is not true and means you have facts that say I am wrong Carlos which one of the above statements are wrong, false?

Carlos Ponce

Keep fighting your windmill.

Jim Forsythe

I asked "Which one of my perceptions are baseless?" Your answer "Everything you've written on this thread." My answer was, below are my statements, which ones are baseless ?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As you did not answer which ones are not true. I take it that you think they are all true!----------------------------------------------------------------- You accused me of posting non truths, so which ones are not true?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Patricia C Newsom

The invasion of illegal immigrants is orchestrated. It is time to find the conductor and change his/her or their tune.

Gary Miller

Two segments drive the "open border" policies. The Chamber of commerce wanting cheep labor and the Democrat party wanting future voters. Two laws could stop both. Full and complete enforcement of E verify and a constitutional amendment that forbids illegal migrants for life from citizenship or voting. Work permits would be legal but never a path to citizenship.

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