Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Send the Gang of 8 to (Immigration) Reform School

"a ski instructor, who has been certified as a level I, II, or III ski and snowboard instructor by the Professional Ski Instructors of America or the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, or received an equivalent certification in the alien's country of origin, and is seeking to enter the United States temporarily to perform instructing services."
Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to the source of that quote? The US Olympic Committee? The NCAA? Sonny Bono's obit? If you guessed any of the above you're wrong. That bit of pedestrian legalese represents a hard won carve out for Senator Michael Bennet who hails from Colorado, the skiing capital of the country, and it is part of the conservative, tough, immigration reform so dear to the hearts of Marco Rubio and Barack Obama. I suppose it would be nitpicking to ask why exactly why we the people would want to give the American Association of Snowboard Instructors a say in who deserves to enter the country.
The gang of eight's bill breaks new ground in the area of central planning with administrative wages. Yes, Senators McCain, Rubio, Graham et al even know how much agriculture workers should make right down to the second decimal place. In the section"Animal Breeders; Graders and Sorters; Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse; and Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch and Aquacultural Animals," they spell out the mandated compensation for newly documented workers making one wonder why many born Americans have to settle for minimum wage jobs. Graders and sorters will be paid $9.84 an hour in 2016, equipment operators $11.58 in 2015, and nursery and greenhouse workers $9.64 in 2016.
Would someone please tell me what the hell an Aquacultural Animal is. An oyster? a sea cow? a hydrophobic dog? I guess we'll have to pass this bill to find out? Former Senator Jim Demint is right when he says that if this bill is widely read it will fail.

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