Here's a thought... Instead of worrying and whining about all those pesky Mexicans sneaking across the border to snap up all of the highly sought after kitchen, gardening and janitorial positions ...
Emphasis, mine. I know you were trying to be sarcastic there, but the truth is that these jobs are
highly sought after, and at a legal wage. There are a whole lot of people out of work that would jump at the opportunity to earn a living, even if it means doing work like that.
My husband, who has worked in a kitchen his whole life, and has been out of work since July 4, would like to have one of those kitchen jobs, and would prefer to be paid at least the state minimum wage, if possible. If he can find one that is willing to hire an American, he will likely be expected to work off the books for $5/hr, like the illegals he will be working alongside. That's $2.25 less than the state minimum and over the course of a 40 hour work week comes out to being shorted by $90. Over the course of a month, that's about $360. Over the course of a year, that's $4680. I don't know about you, but my family can sure use that extra money. It can mean the difference between having the basic necessities of life and doing without.
Not to mention that if he were to lose that job he wouldn't be able to collect Unemployment.
Americans that do take these jobs can't complain or they risk being fired for something trivial or losing their jobs if the place ends up getting shut down for hiring illegals.
I don't know how to solve the problem, and I don't blame the illegals for it existing...they need to eat, just like everyone else.
It's the fault of the business owners that choose to pay an illegal wage, figuring that illegals will work for whatever they can get and won't mind being cheated. It is the fault of business owners that decide to only hire illegals, when people like my husband can't find a job...not the fault of the illegals they choose to hire. They do it to pay lower wages. They do it to avoid paying employment taxes. They do it to avoid paying Social Security/unemployment/disability taxes. They do it to avoid providing health insurance to their workers.
What they are doing is equal to outsourcing jobs to 3rd world countries, but they are doing it within the borders of the US.
THAT is what you need to stop. Forget border patrolling. Concentrate your efforts on the businesses that make this country attractive to come to illegally. The businesses that cause there to be more Americans on welfare because they can't find jobs, jobs that if they paid legal wages and hired Americans, would pay more than welfare does.
Start with the entire restaurant industry. Maybe get in there and monitor them all, especially the ones that seem to be (on the books) small mom & pop places with "no employees".
If that kind of business practice isn't stopped, it will spread, eventually affecting everyone, with lower wages across the board in all occupations...and higher taxes to support those that can't find jobs...and higher taxes to make up for the lost tax revenue from those businesses paying their workers off the books.