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Immigration Bill On its Way

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Two weekends ago I was flipping through the channels and stopped on a news report that the Congress after health care is considering energy and immigration. Immigration reform is needed in my opinion, but I have some issues with some of the proposals that have been had in the past. Illegal immigration has to be stopped for many reasons. First there are thousands of people across the world who are waiting 3 to 5 years or even more to immigrate to the United States legally as thousands cross the border. This is not right. Secondly it has been shown time and time again that those who illegally enter the country and work are used and abused by companies who pay them nothing. So there are obviously problems that need to be fixed. Immigration reform must really center around enforcing current laws and adding in provisions so that those who wish to work in America and fill jobs that are empty are able to legally. First a system for employer verification of workers needs to be established. Secondly, I believe that the immigration laws that we have work if enforced. Companies that hire illegal immigrants should be fined heavily, perhaps half a million dollars per illegal worker they hire. This would stop the illegal hiring. Next a better guest worker program needs to be established. This program can have offices in Mexico, with the Mexican government’s permission of course. Companies in the US which have vacancies and have documented attempts to hire workers in the US could then place an application for guest workers. The guest workers would then be chosen from those seeking work in Mexico. Those working then will be admitted on a temporary basis to work and the company would then send the worker home after the needed work is complete. The company in conjunction with the INS would ensure the worker enters and leaves appropriately. These workers would be included in consideration of US labor laws and would be paid at least minimum wage. They would pay taxes on the money and would also be protected by US labor law. This brings everything above the table and insures that American workers have a chance first and then guest workers can enter a job and be treated fairly. I do realize that these changes would force many current workers here illegally back home, but many would be able to return to fair wages. This way illegal immigration is solved and those who enter promised work and don’t find it will not be force to crime to survive or live in shanty towns on the outskirts of cities.


Written by briangaw

November 9, 2009 at 5:17 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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