Colorado business, leaders urge action on immigration reform
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#1 Sep 26, 2013
Where are the disgruntle reform bashers? Are you willing to ignore yet another critical point in favor of reform: Do you know what impact the lack of reform would have on food prices?
#2 Sep 26, 2013
"We in agriculture need a viable guest worker program," said Carlyle Currier, vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. "We need these workers to secure our food supply."
----------Bull. We HAVE a viable guest worker program for unskilled labor, two of them in fact. H2-A lets farmers bring in an UNLIMITED number of seasonal agricultural guest workers. H2-B lets employers bring in 66,000 other unskilled workers annually. But NO guest worker program will work if its provisions are not enforced, and so far, farmers have preferred to hire illegal aliens because they're cheaper and they don't have to bother with paperwork.
#3 Sep 26, 2013
----------Yes, I know. Little to nothing. Labor is a very small part of the final price of agricultural products, according to Prof. Martin at UC Davis. And of course, ask yourself, by your own reasoning, what effect amnesty would have, since farm workers would then expect and probably get higher wages. The only way you get "cheap" labor is if illegal aliens are NEVER legalized, and even then, it's only "cheap" for the farmer, not the taxpayer.
#4 Sep 26, 2013
To deal fairly and lawfully with 11 million or so illegal immigrants currently resident in our country, make them temporarily legal residents through legislation requiring them (regardless of location or job) to come forward for registration with both local and national authorities, and issuance of temporary legal documentation for work and/or residence, on or before the (staggered) termination dates of which, they are expected to go back home. The conse-quences of failing to come forward would include sure and certain detention and expedited deportation for the illegal residents involved, when detected.
To help prevent illegal employment, include the ID and dates of termination of legal residence of those granted temporary legal documentation in an E-Verify type data base and mandate its use nationwide by employers large and small for verifying the legal status of every employee present and prospective.
Deprived of employment at termination of legal status, every rational formerly illegal resident, logically, will prepare for and engage in planned self-deportation. As successive waves of formerly illegal orkers/residents
return home, if replacements cannot be found in the pool of citizens, arrange for legal (perhaps contractual) recruit-ment of new cohorts of foreign nationals as temporary workers—rotate cohorts of legal temporary workers in the fashion of crop-rotation.
Encourage employer compliance by mandating significant financial penalties on employers who "knowingly" employ illegal immigrants.
Enforce the provisions of law by mandating the participa-tion of 450,000 plus local police officers in a seamless network of national, state and local authorities specific-ally charged with enforcing immigration law. Without the participation of local police in monitoring the status of foreign nationals with legal temporary work/residence permits, enforcement of such provisions will be no more effective in the future than it has been in the past.
Recent “sanctuary city action” contemplated by Princeton (NJ) officials and actions to "legalize" illegal immigrants in California, clearly indicate the need for mandating—not simply permitting — participation of local authorities in the process of enforcing immigration law. After all, "local" is where illegal immigrants live and/or work.
Legislation along the foregoing lines, aimed specifically at effecting the repatriation of current illegal residents, should be enacted first. So-called "comprehensive" reforms can focus independently on specific goals of immigration policy going forward.
#5 Sep 26, 2013
These "Business leaders" have got to be the more greedy self centered traitors this country ever produced. After all the success and money this nation has given them, they still lust after higher profit margins and cheaper immigrant labor. Meanwhile 20 million of their countrymen are either totally unemployed or have reduced hours and need full time work. Meanwhile, the economy has created only 2.3 million jobs in the past year and the rate of job creation has been stuck at this low level since 2008. Furthermore we already have a little over 1 million legal immigrants coming in each year and these take a goodly fraction of those 2.3 million new jobs. But this number of immigrants does not satisfy these "business leaders". They say we need even more immigrants to take even more of the american jobs. Plus they want to double the number of temporary workers to come on H1a and H1v visa's to slave for them as indentured servants. Well I say this is total insanity. If we had a labor shortage, then wages would be rising not falling. That is simple "supply and demand", the most basic law of economics. To the contrary, when corrected for inflation the median salary of an american worker is lower today then it was back in 1968! That means 45 years of wage stagnation and the business leaders think we have a labor shortage and need more immigrants. They are out of their minds with greed.
#6 Sep 26, 2013
No answear is a no.as in no amnesty.pick your own crops.house does not want reform.they are too busy.
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