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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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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2005
      The Daily Dispatch
      >Lawmakers push to stop illegal hiring
      >Associated Press
      >PHOENIX (AP) - The nation's underground migrant economy isn't so
      >outside this Phoenix home improvement store: Two dozen Mexicans and
      >Americans stand at the edge of the parking lot in a cold rain to flag
      >contractors and homeowners looking for cheap labor.
      >Federal law prohibits the hiring of the thousands of foreign workers
      >sneak into the country each year, but many businesses turn to illegal
      >immigrants like those at the store to fill construction, agricultural
      >service industry jobs.
      >A frustrated Arizona lawmaker says he will push a proposal next year
      >give American workers the right to sue companies that fire them while
      >keeping illegal immigrants on the payroll. Violators would have their
      >business licenses suspended.
      >Supporters say the low pay illegal immigrants accept drives down wages
      >American employees, and businesses that follow the law can't compete
      >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
      >a huge burden on businesses, which are limited by anti-discrimination
      >in the way they can scrutinize prospective employees, they argue.
      >If the idea clears the Legislature, it would appear on the 2006
      >Political scientists say it could succeed if supporters portray the
      >as a way of confronting illegal
      >In November, an Arizona ballot initiative aimed at denying some public
      >benefits to illegal immigrants was approved by an 11 percentage point
      >``There is certainly a predisposition in the electorate to support
      >that appears to mediate the problem,'' said Bruce Merrill, an Arizona
      >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
      >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
      >heavy flow of illegal immigrants. The surge began after the
      >tightened enforcement in El Paso, Texas, and San Diego during the
      >The lawmakers pushing the idea in Arizona and Oklahoma say if the
      >government cracked down on illegal hiring, there would be no need to
      >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,
      >planned to file the proposal this year but said he will wait until
      >The idea isn't expected to confront border security, migrant deaths
      >other larger immigration problems, but supporters say it might
      >employers from hiring illegal workers.
      >Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible
      >investigating businesses that hire illegal immigrants, said it does
      >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
      >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
      >The latter figure doesn't include investigations with national
      >implications, Boyd said.
      >Angela Kelley, deputy director of the pro-immigrant National
      >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
      >``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
      >legally, because they will continue to stream into the country for
      >``If I got enough money in Mexico, I wouldn't come to the USA,'' said
      >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,
      >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
      >do anything about illegal hiring.
      >Advocates for limiting immigration said all taxpayers end up paying
      >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
      >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
      >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
      >have needed voter approval, missed a Thursday deadline for getting a
      >Tom Rex, associate director of the Center for Business Research at
      >State University, said if the flow of foreign labor were cut off, the
      >country would see labor shortages. That would lead to higher prices
      >goods and services, because businesses would have to pay laborers more
      >come work here, he said.
      >Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, an opponent of the idea,
      >it wouldn't be fair to expose a business to a lawsuit if an illegal
      >presented work documents that appeared authentic but turned out to be
      >``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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