December 24, 2008

Lawmakers Pitch Immigration Crackdown

This is good news but it begs the question: where were these "lawmakers" before the economy went south? -- Ed.

Some Nebraska lawmakers said the state can no longer ignore the issue of illegal immigration and are considering a plan that would require all businesses to verify the immigration status of anyone they hire.A report by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee said Nebraska is quickly becoming divided into two groups: one that enjoys the rights of citizenship and one that works and contributes but can never progress in society."We are not going to be complacent in a system that creates an underclass of workers," said Sen. Brad Ashford.

Ashford wants state companies to check the status of new hires through the federal E-Verify system. Fremont businessman Bill Ekeler said just posting E-Verify signs in business windows is already proving to be a deterrent."(They're) sending a very strong sign to illegal immigrants that Fremont is no longer a safe haven with no consequences," Ekeler said.Lawmakers said they're looking for ways to defuse the growing resentment that's building against illegal immigrants in some communities.

They're also considering creating an ID card or a special driver's license for undocumented workers.Last year, Gov. Dave Heineman pushed a bill to prevent undocumented workers from receiving state or local benefits. Last summer, Fremont leaders narrowly rejected a proposal to outlaw renting homes or apartments to illegal immigrants."We need to do everything we can to get every single illegal immigrant out of this state," said Omaha resident Tim Vaughn."Denying these workers the right to belong, then summarily disposing of them after they have used up their bodies and excluded them from citizenship rights seems inconsistent with our values," said University of Nebraska-Omaha professor Lourdes Gouveia. (Reach her here)There are some questions about the accuracy of the E-Verify system and whether requiring its use will make a difference because most major employers already use it.

"They are really going to get farmers or the small contractor," said Sen. John Wrightman.But others said the state needs to do something."Your job as elected officials is to make sure the few jobs you have in Nebraska are held by citizens and legal immigrants who have the right to work," said immigration reform advocate Susan Tully.

** We have to wonder if Ms. Tully is including European immigrants in her reform ideas.


1 comment:

Delaware Bob said...

Well, let me say I'm proud of you for stepping up to the plate and taking some action on this illegal immigration.

I must say again on this Christmas morning, that ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION has caused more problems that anyone could have ever imagined. More problems that one can get into here, but we all know what they are.

I can't say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ANCHOR BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country. I think that is plain to see.