Spencer disputes Brokaw's "Indisputable Points"
December 24, 2006

Brokaw:
In many parts of the country immigrants are doing the work Americans no longer want to do, especially the hard work of manual labor at construction sites.

Spencer:
Millions of recent legal and amnestied Hispanic immigrants are Americans. Why don't they want to do manual labor work at constructions sites? Because illegal aliens will work for less.

And we are talking about illegal aliens not "immigrants."

Brokaw:
In our reporting we discovered that most of them are paid a fair wage - $14.00 an hour for an entry level construction job, and that they are paying state and federal taxes through withholding. (Sure, some employers pay cash off the books but most we encountered are trying to play by the rules).

Spencer:
Trying to play by the rules? You mean trying to play with the rules. Just like Swift, they all know they are hiring illegal aliens.

Brokaw:
While local residents are conflicted about the spreading Hispanic culture - language and music - they agree the immigrants are very hard workers and in general have good family values.

Spencer:
What is does the Hispanic culture represent? Most illegal aliens are Hispanic. Illegal aliens have a crime rate ten times the rest of the population. In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.

They have a dropout rate of more than 50%. The same is true in Mexico. Is this the Hispanic culture to which you refer?

Mexico and Mexicans are the major source of drugs brought into a distributed in the United States. These are family values?

Finally, Mexico is sponsoring the wholesale invasion of America. It is called la Reconquista.

Brokaw:
But it is also clear the immigrants are straining the public and health systems without paying their fair share.

Spencer:
Straining public systems? Illegal aliens have destroyed the Los Angeles school system. Once one of the finest systems in the nation, it is now the worst.

Brokaw:
They live in overcrowded, often sub-standard housing in clear violation of local laws.

Spencer:
How could they be paid a "fair wage" (as you say) and still live in substandard housing in violation of local laws?

Brokaw:
They're brazen about acquiring forged documents - from Social Security cards to driver's licenses - to get work.

Spencer:
They break the law to get here and then lie and cheat to steal American jobs. Lying and cheating are part of the Mexican culture. Mexico is a corrupt nation.


NOT PART OF INDISPUTABLE POINTS BUT HE SAID IT ANYWAY

Brokaw:
And, most important, this complicated problem won't be solved until Mexico becomes a reliable partner in improving its own economy and enforcing the rules at its border.

Spencer:
This simple problem can be solved by shutting down the border to illegal aliens and enforcing our immigration laws. This hasn't been done, not because we couldn't do it quite easily, but because of powerful forces have stopped us from doing it.