Illegal immigration proponents have long said illegal aliens are simply taking the jobs Americans don't want.
Apparently, they're also taking the names and identities Americans "don't want."
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says raids Tuesday revealed a network of false identities bought or stolen from Americans.
And why not? If you don't respect a nation's borders, and don't respect the law, why would you suddenly get an attack of conscience about stealing someone's identity?
As outrageous as that is, consider this: Swift & Co. meatpackers, whose plants were "raided" across the country Tuesday, actually knew about the "raids" ahead of time - the government had warned the company last month, making them more like "appointments" than "raids" - and the company actually went to a federal judge to prevent it!
What chutzpah! Can you imagine your lawyer bounding into court, asking a judge to prevent the government from enforcing the law?
Turns out there was a good reason. The Associated Press reports that "The company estimated a raid would remove up to 40 percent of its 13,000 workers."
Hmm. Did the company care enough to wonder if those workers had, perhaps, stolen the identities of hard-working, law-abiding Americans?
Folks, if you're allowing law-breakers to come across the border illegally - in whatever kind-hearted spirit - then don't be surprised when other laws, and your own personal privacies, are compromised and abused.
"Enforcement actions like this one protect the privacy rights of innocent Americans, while striking a blow against illegal immigration," Chertoff said.
So why are there so few of them?
We need to secure the borders of this country - and if the meatpacking world and other industries need more workers, then bring them in legally.
Using their own names.