The next time some lefty grumbles about outsourcing, tell them this:
Of the 2.5 million new jobs created nationally last year, nearly 1 million were filled by Hispanic immigrants new to this country. Of those, an estimated 700,000 are here illegally, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
Scary numbers, no? Those illegal immigrants are taking advantage of laughably lax enforcement of our laws:
In January, Polk County deputies, responding to a domestic violence call, found a counterfeiting operation in the kitchen of Olivia Hernandez, a 23-year-old Winter Haven resident.
They found fake Mexican driver licenses and resident alien and Social Security cards. Hernandez eventually pleaded guilty and received 18 months probation and 100 hours community service.
18 months probation and 100 hours community service. No mention of deportation, of course, let alone a jail sentence.
It gets worse:
In April 2004, Raul MerinoMartinez was found to be driving without a license in Haines City. When a deputy checked his identification, he admitted that his resident alien and Social Security cards were fake.
Merino-Martinez, who was born in Mexico, negotiated a plea with the State Attorney’s Office in July. He was adjudicated guilty, sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to maintain full-time employment.
“ordered to maintain full-time employment!!” A court is ordering this guy to work illegally in the United States!