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2/26/2005 - Stop the illegal immigrant hiring...and if you do...pay them well, and either withhold taxes and give them services, or do not withhold taxes and refund all taxes....

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  • Al Soto
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      The Daily Dispatch
      >http://www.douglasdispatch.com/articles/2005/02/26/news/news4.txt
      >Lawmakers push to stop illegal hiring
      >
      >Associated Press
      >
      >PHOENIX (AP) - The nation's underground migrant economy isn't so
      hidden
      >outside this Phoenix home improvement store: Two dozen Mexicans and
      Central
      >Americans stand at the edge of the parking lot in a cold rain to flag
      down
      >contractors and homeowners looking for cheap labor.
      >
      >Federal law prohibits the hiring of the thousands of foreign workers
      who
      >sneak into the country each year, but many businesses turn to illegal
      >immigrants like those at the store to fill construction, agricultural
      and
      >service industry jobs.
      >
      >A frustrated Arizona lawmaker says he will push a proposal next year
      to
      >give American workers the right to sue companies that fire them while
      >keeping illegal immigrants on the payroll. Violators would have their
      state
      >business licenses suspended.
      >
      >Supporters say the low pay illegal immigrants accept drives down wages
      for
      >American employees, and businesses that follow the law can't compete
      with
      >rivals who use foreign workers.
      >
      >Opponents say the economy depends on illegal workers because Americans
      >won't take many of these low-paying jobs. Such a proposal also would
      place
      >a huge burden on businesses, which are limited by anti-discrimination
      laws
      >in the way they can scrutinize prospective employees, they argue.
      >
      >If the idea clears the Legislature, it would appear on the 2006
      ballot.
      >Political scientists say it could succeed if supporters portray the
      measure
      >as a way of confronting illegal
      immigration.
      >
      >In November, an Arizona ballot initiative aimed at denying some public
      >benefits to illegal immigrants was approved by an 11 percentage point
      >margin.
      >
      >``There is certainly a predisposition in the electorate to support
      anything
      >that appears to mediate the problem,'' said Bruce Merrill, an Arizona
      State
      >University professor and pollster.
      >
      >The idea, similar to a bill now in the Oklahoma Legislature, is
      opposed by
      >business. Some lawyers also question whether it would conflict with
      federal
      >law, which they say trumps state law on matters of immigration.
      >
      >Nonetheless, it reflects the frustration over the federal government's
      >perceived inaction on repairing America's immigration system.
      >
      >More than any other state in recent years, Arizona has been dogged by
      a
      >heavy flow of illegal immigrants. The surge began after the
      government
      >tightened enforcement in El Paso, Texas, and San Diego during the
      >mid-1990s.
      >
      >The lawmakers pushing the idea in Arizona and Oklahoma say if the
      federal
      >government cracked down on illegal hiring, there would be no need to
      seek
      >the penalties.
      >
      >``This will allow local people to take action and not just rely on the
      >federal government,'' said Republican Rep. Russell Pearce of Arizona,
      who
      >planned to file the proposal this year but said he will wait until
      2006.
      >
      >The idea isn't expected to confront border security, migrant deaths
      and
      >other larger immigration problems, but supporters say it might
      dissuade
      >employers from hiring illegal workers.
      >
      >Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible
      for
      >investigating businesses that hire illegal immigrants, said it does
      plenty
      >of work-site enforcement,
      but that since the 2001 terror attacks its
      >priorities have shifted.
      >
      >Work sites with implications for national security _ nuclear plants,
      >military bases, airports, chemical plants _ take first priority. Next,
      >officials target flagrant violators, in hopes the example will deter
      >others, said Dean Boyd, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs
      >Enforcement.
      >
      >The shift in focus has led to a drop in the number of businesses
      >investigated by immigration agents, from 3,844 in 1999 to 523 last
      year.
      >The latter figure doesn't include investigations with national
      security
      >implications, Boyd said.
      >
      >Angela Kelley, deputy director of the pro-immigrant National
      Immigration
      >Forum, said it's unreasonable to think that the government, with its
      >limited resources and focus of national security, can put a full-court
      >press on employers hiring illegal
      workers.
      >
      >``We need to take the Mexican busboy off the table, so we can focus
      >resources on people who want to do us harm,'' Kelley said.
      >
      >Kelley said the answer is for the government to allow migrants to work
      here
      >legally, because they will continue to stream into the country for
      jobs.
      >
      >``If I got enough money in Mexico, I wouldn't come to the USA,'' said
      Roy
      >Albaran, shaking off the cold as he scans the parking lot of the home
      >improvement store for someone who might hire him.
      >
      >Albaran said he can make as much as 15 times the money doing
      landscaping or
      >remodeling work in Arizona as he can back in Toluca, Mexico.
      >
      >Ana Avendano Denier, a lawyer and immigration expert for the AFL-CIO,
      which
      >hasn't taken a position on this new approach, rejected the notion that
      >American workers won't take these jobs and said creating state laws
      won't
      >do anything about illegal hiring.
      >
      >Advocates for limiting immigration said all taxpayers end up paying
      the
      >costs of illicit labor, because states _ especially those along the
      >U.S.-Mexico border _ shoulder huge health care and education costs for
      >illegal immigrants.
      >
      >``It's not cheap labor,'' said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the
      Federation
      >for American Immigration Reform. ``It's subsidized labor.''
      >
      >Oklahoma state Sen. Tom Adelson, the Democrat who sponsored the
      proposal in
      >his state, said he doesn't regard his bill as anti-immigrant but as a
      way
      >of giving legal workers the chance to compete fairly.
      >
      >``You can't open the border and allow countries to export their
      >unemployment challenges on us,'' Adelson said. His bill, which
      wouldn't
      >have needed voter approval, missed a Thursday deadline for getting a
      >committee
      hearing.
      >
      >Tom Rex, associate director of the Center for Business Research at
      Arizona
      >State University, said if the flow of foreign labor were cut off, the
      >country would see labor shortages. That would lead to higher prices
      for
      >goods and services, because businesses would have to pay laborers more
      to
      >come work here, he said.
      >
      >Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, an opponent of the idea,
      said
      >it wouldn't be fair to expose a business to a lawsuit if an illegal
      worker
      >presented work documents that appeared authentic but turned out to be
      fake.
      >
      >``If a person is given documentation, by law you can't question it,''
      >Rogers said.
      >
       
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      The government and the NEWS should reflect, not determine, the desires of the people.The news is to be reported not to sway opinion. Stop the melodrama and constant trivia on news time. The founding fathers knew that government is always corrupt, that is why they gave us civil liberties.  The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.)  Al Soto (c) 2005


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