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Possession (of America) is 9/10ths of the Law

Timothy Birdnow

There is an old legal maxim that possession is 9/10ths of the law. What does that mean?  Well, in real estate law there is something called the right of adverse possession, which says that if a person occupies a piece of real estate he does not own "openly and notoriously" he can take legal possession of that property (if the lawful owners fail to act) after a number of years. It is also possible to develop an easement, which is a right to trespass on someone else's property by virtue of using it to reach your own.

It's why divorce attorneys recommend to men that they not move out of their house when their wives ask for a divorce; by doing so he is tacitly giving the property to her.

When you are here you have a lot more leverage than when you are not.

Which brings us to the matter of illegal immigration. It seems that many in the GOP are going wobbly on the illegals. http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/13/goodlatte-reverses-statement-on-a...!

Republican Chair of the House Judiciary Committee is one such. According to The Daily Caller:

“I see no reason why we can’t also have an agreement that shows how people who are not lawfully here can be able to be lawfully here — able to live here, work here,” Goodlatte told the pro-immigration interviewing on the Spanish-language TV channel, Telemundo.

Goodlatte has already won approval from his judiciary committee for a bill that would allow employers to bring in 500,000 foreign guest-workers a year just for jobs in the agriculture and food industries, such as animal slaughterhouses. His district in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley includes an influential poultry industry that relies heavily on low-wage immigrants.

Under current rules, employers can hire roughly 50,000 foreign temporary agriculture workers annually.

Goodlatte’s website mentions his support for increased foreign hiring. ”The House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has held numerous hearings on our immigration laws, and we have already passed several stand-alone bills that address particular issues, like enforcement of immigration laws and guest worker programs, within our immigration system.”

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And the blitz is in full swing. On the Rush Limbaugh Show a farm woman in California called in to chide Rush for his opposition to amnesty, arguing that it was impossible for her to stay in business without hiring illegals. (It may be impossible for a fruit farmer to stay in business without growing a certain weed known as cannabis but we do not excuse that as a matter of economic necessity.) She argued that she cannot get good help at the wages she could afford to pay.

Rush countered that there were ways to make her business work without illegals - tax credits, reductions in strangling regulations, or a migrant farm worker program. (That last was suggested by George W. Bush as a "guest worker" program.)  Rush was correct, but he was not tough enough on the woman; she was advocating precisely the same thing any mafia run business advocates; cutting legal corners to make her business profitable. The difference between hiring illegals to cut wage expenses and beating up a nearby competitor is one of degree.

The reality is, the woman is correct that she cannot compete hiring Americans at a higher rate of pay IF her competitors can hire better workers to work for less. The competitor ends up being able to sell for less. But the whole point is, they are criminals and she would not be one.

Hiring Americans for more may cost the industry up front, and prices would have to be increased to compensate. But cheap labor is a trap. The Antebellum South suffered from this malady; the wages of poor whites and freedmen were depressed because of slavery, and profits declined in the slave states as an inefficient system involving compulsory labor (free) made businesses unwilling to invest in new techniques, to innovate. The cotton gin cemented slavery in the United States; had Eli Whitney invented a cotton PICKER along with his gin slavery would have died here, and there would have been no Civil War. See Plantation America for more on this. http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/04/plantation_america.html

In the long run, this cheap Latino labor is hurting our economy, and hurting this woman's business. It's like a drug, one many businesses are addicted to using.

But, we are told, there are jobs Americans just won't do. Well, that is true if you are talking about paying a buck and a quarter to Americans for back-breaking stoop labor. But even that is not as true as the Amnestists would have us believe; after a series of raids on Swift meat packing plants http://cis.org/2006SwiftRaids in 2008 thousands of Americans lined up to apply for those jobs.

Americans WILL do these jobs if offered the chance. What they won't do is work for starvation wages.

Which brings us back to our discussion about possession and the law. If these people are here legally they are treated differently than if they are sneaking over the fence. They are assumed to have more rights. What does that mean?

It means OSHA. It means HHS. It means HUD. It means greater scrutiny by government, greater involvement for their welfare. It means minimum wage laws will apply (and the Democrats are hot to raise the minimum wage to ten dollars an hour). It means that these people will not feel any great compulsion to go home.

Wages will rise, defeating the whole purpose of "bringing them out of the shadows". The businesses needing very cheap labor will still hire illegals as these established guest workers move into better paying jobs. It means the unions will come in to organize the aliens. Eventually the Democrats will get their way and there will be a path to citizenship. Oh, and even if they do not have citizenship and cannot vote legally what is to stop them? SCOTUS has said that they will not. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/06/59946-supreme-court-affirms-that-il...

And it does not solve the problem, because new illegals will come in to replace the more affluent older crop. We will be creating a machine designed to colonize the United States. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/06/the_colonization_of_21st-cen...

That is right; colonize. Possession is 9/10ths of the law, and many states are swiftly (pun intended) developing Hispanic majorities. That many of these "new Americans" are illegal does not matter, because they are in possession of the land and we Anglos are eagerly giving it to them.

Texas was a prime example of this truism; the Mexican government invited Anglos to settle a land that was largely (at the time ) worthless and we did. Mexico then broke the deal, suspending the Mexican constitution and becoming a dictatorship and the Texicans revolted. See, they were in possession of the land and the Mexicans were not. (In the end the U.S. paid Mexico for Texas.)  

This sort of thing has happened throughout history. Consider the story of Robin Hood. Why was Hood fighting the Sheriff of Nottingham? Because Hood was a Saxon and he and his kin had been dispossessed by the Norman invaders. He was a stranger in his own land, and he demanded justice for his fellows. The Robin Hood legend has largely been twisted into a Progressive fairy tale, but the reality is it was a cautionary tale of what happens when a foreign people invade, and it was a rebuke to big government; Hood was fighting King John and not the local merchants.

There are countless other examples; the legacy of Apartheid in South Africa came about because huge numbers of tribal peoples immigrated into the region to find work, then stayed on to eventually be repressed and finally to take over. The Palestinians were immigrants - legal and illegal - seeking work in the region after Britain made it prosperous. http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/36794?utm_source=twitt...

Nations can and do disappear; it's happened many times in history. Only Israel has a promise to survive; the rest of us take our chances. If America is to survive as a nation with it's unique cultural identity we must be vigilant. Offering to allow half a million guest workers into the country every year is an invitation to our own hanging. How many will leave when their "tour of duty" is over? How many will sire children here? How many will find some other loophole?  The numbers are staggering, and even in a different climate it would be extremely difficult to implement such a plan. In our current environment, one where there are powerful interests trying to change the American electorate, it becomes a disaster in the making.

Sadly, our "friends" in the GOP are as determined to ram this down our collective Anglo throats as are our enemies. (And by Anglo I do not mean we are all descended from English, as the prosecutor says in "My Cousin Vinny" - I mean we all share a common culture developed around English law, speak the English language, and follow other practices that come down to us from the sunny isles of Britain. A black teenager in East St. Louis is every bit as Anglo as I am. Sadly, too many do not WANT to be anymore, even though their lives are immeasurably better than had they been raised outside of this country. Why would many seek to immigrate from Africa, say, if that were not the case?)

If possession is 9/10ths of the law why are we eagerly granting aliens possession of our lands, of our jobs, of our institutions?  Remember; squatter's rights are indeed enforceable legal rights.

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Comment by willie maddox on January 20, 2014 at 3:14pm

Trespassing would apply if someone pitched a tent on my land.  I would get a response from the local sheriff.  But when I called to report illegals (not on my land) to police they told me they don't get involved.  I was shocked.  That was over 5 years ago.  Do ordinary citizens have any standing in court when they see an invasion?  Isn't indirect harm also illegal?

Comment by Timothy Birdnow on January 17, 2014 at 9:36am

Great comments from everybody here!  This is one bright bunch!

Sister Marie I couldn't agree more. There is nothing Christian about this policy, which allows Latin America to continue playing with socialism at such frightful human costs and at the same time abuses the poor who come here out of desperation. A truly Christian policy would be one that forced Mexico to make real market reforms and provide dignified work for her citizenry. 

Comment by Sister Marie tatina on January 16, 2014 at 8:56pm
I own a small avocado grove. I told the company who was hired to pick not to bring illegals to do the work. When I discovered not only were they bringing illegals they were under paying them. The man who brought them was only giving the men $20.00 for picking a bin of about 900#. But I was paying him about $150 per bin.then I found out from one of the foremen "oh we keep them for awhile then we let them go. Then we just go get more"!i was irate! I fired them on the spot making them leave then and there. I followed up with a letter to the company. First of all, whether legal or illegal these men are human beings. They shouldn't have come here illegally but neither should they be treated as slaves or animals. The company I use now does not hire illegals and the men they employ receive decent pay. If you live your Christian life it is possible to farm without cheating others. I heard that lady on Rush and she made me angry. Why should someone else do her dirty work and do it for less. I'd rather make less than cheat someone else. Besides she is breaking the law! We don't need new immigration laws we just need to enforce the ones we have now and secure the borders
Comment by Roc29 on January 16, 2014 at 8:14pm

As long as a legal resident can net the equivalent of about $30,000 through various welfare and public assistance programs why should they take a job and give up all that free time?

Illegals take these (so called) jobs Americans won’t do because that is their only option.

Once illegals are given legal status therefore making them eligible to net the equivalent of about $30,000 through various welfare and public assistance programs why should they take a job and give up all that free time?

Amnesty is just another Cloward/Piven nail in America’s coffin.

Comment by Joan P. Billman on January 16, 2014 at 6:59pm

A great article predicting the near future if our government gives amnesty to illegal aliens.  Close the borders, no birthright citizenship, no jobs for illegals, no education, no welfare, no housing.  We allow them to squat on our land and soon they will claim it as their own.  Obama might even give them some of ours as he believes in distributing the wealth (not his, however).  People must get on the phones and tell their Congressmen to oppose any and all types of amnesty.  This is one of the most serious threats to our nation.

Comment by Timothy W. O'Leary on January 16, 2014 at 5:51pm

Ignorance is 9/10ths of the law; but how about:

Ignorance is 9/10ths of the Government & 9/10ths of the voters.

Comment by william e grant on January 16, 2014 at 5:21pm

IF THEY WENT HOME AFTER THE SEASON IT WOULD BE OK ((( BUT THEY DON'T & THE TAX PAYER SUBSIDIZES THEM TILL THE NEXT GROWING SEASON THE FARMER MAKES OUT & THE TAX PAYER GETS THE SHAFT & THEY GET TO VOTE ))) DO YOU THINK THAT IS RIGHT  ????????????????????????????????

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 16, 2014 at 4:06pm

Thanks.

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