There was a point in 2010....as I'd come to Washington D.C. and reached a new job....and a new landscape in life.....that I came to realize there were literally thousands of illegal aliens living and working in the D.C. shadow.
You'd go over to some Home Depot operation and there would be forty 'Juans' standing around the end of the parking lot. If you wanted dry-wall work, carpentry work, or landscaping work....you'd just pull up and negotiate with a 'Juan' who was illegally in the US. Cash on the table meant that you kinda paid less than you would real American or legal labor.
I would humbly make a guess that within a twenty mile circle of D.C. on a typical Saturday....there's at least three thousand illegals working. I worked with one guy who hired two 'Juans' who did carpet work over a weekend. Over the weekend....they accomplished a sixteen-hour project and he figured that he saved almost $200 on manpower costs.
This morning....Focus (my German news magazine) did a fine round-up of the missing refugees. They went down through the past week and identified a dozen-odd situations where the German authorities in various towns and states admitted that missing immigrants are increasing.....week by week.
The explanation? Focus found this expert on such affairs....Thomas Liebig. He says that these refugees aren't stupid. Now that they've figured out that only the Syrians have the best chance of approval....why stay around in some stupid camp and wait for the bad news? He suggests that they go out....find contacts....get someone to come by and pick them up. These missing refugees end up doing labor on the 'black'....just like my 'Juans' from Washington D.C.
Illegal? Yeah. If you hired a couple of illegals here in Germany to do a landscape job for one afternoon? Probably a zero-percent chance that some neighbor would call the cops. Maybe the wife fixated on divorcing you might call the cops....but it's very likely that illegals could survive for weeks and months as illegal labor.
There's over 200 restaurants in the Wiesbaden area. I'd go and make a guess that the sanitation inspector guy might come around and hit each of those maybe once in a two-year period. The odds that the sanitation inspector might ask for passports or visas? Zero chance. I've seen the reality show routine and these inspectors only care about a safe food atmosphere....not if four illegal Albanians are sitting in the kitchen and getting paid cash under the table.
All of this will lead those who are frustrated and angry over the present program to ask more stupid questions, and the Berlin crowd can't really provide anything but a grin and a promise of future talks with someone.
Somewhere down the line....five years into the future....we will all be standing there in some German train station while some cop or authority figure is asking us for our 'papers', and some scene will occur as some Albanian refugee or some Libyan illegal starts a frantic run with German cops chasing him through the station. It'll be like some scene in the mid-1930s, and for a brief moment.....utter the French phrase....DeJa Vu.