Labor to state: Get tougher on illega...

Labor to state: Get tougher on illegal workers

There are 5 comments on the The Times West Virginian story from Jul 15, 2007, titled Labor to state: Get tougher on illegal workers. In it, The Times West Virginian reports that:

Even as the state increases the number of inspectors working to crack down on undocumented workers, labor groups are calling for West Virginia to stiffen its laws to deal with illegal immigrants in the work ...

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Steve

AOL

#1 Jul 16, 2007
This is a step in the right direction that other states should follow, including Ohio.

Steve Salvi
Founder, Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC
http://www.ojjpac.org
Bill

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Jul 16, 2007
I agree with you whole heartedly Steve. I think all states should follow. Get rid of these illegal people and give the jobs to the people that rightly deserve them. I'm originally from WV and I see no need for this so called "SpanForce" orginization. My opinion is not based on anyone's race either, becasue if you're illegal, you need to get the hell out and stay out, or, go through the legal process of becoming a citizen regardless of what your race may be. I'll probably get sued for defamation or something like that, but who cares....this so called "SpanForce" orginization has 2 offices, in in Lewisburg and the other in Terra Alta, populations 3624 and 1456 respectively. This is the type of office I would expect to see in a bit larger town or a metro area...not some rinky dink country towns that no one has ever heard of. The Terra Alta office of this orginization is a renovated 4 unit apartment complex which used to be the former site of the Wesleyan Church. When in town a couple weeks ago and out for an evening drive, I happened by there and there were a bunch of cars in the parking lot and guys hanging out drinking beer...this was before I even knew about the "SpanForce" story. Anyhow, I honestly believe that this so called orginization is nothing more than a cover up or a front for some other shady deeds. Also, it's a way to obtain cheap labor by illegal means. These guys could give a crap less whether an immigrant was legal or not. All they care about is making their money and doing their drugs...that is if they do do drugs. Gotta' be careful what I say here, don't want to get sued. Not only do I think they should crack down on illegal workers, I think they need to crack down on illegal businesses that are used as fronts for God knows what.
Sinajuavi

Chesapeake, OH

#3 Jul 22, 2007
Workers in WV are treated like dogs by employers. Wages are low, Unions are ignored, healthcare is minimal...do you think if every illegal immigrant disappeared from WV all of this would change? Dream on...there aren't that many illegals in the state anyway, compared to the rest of the country.

Should not immigrants from Mexico have a right to a job also? After all, USA corporations abuse Mexico, its resources and labor. USA agribiz drives Mexican farmers off their farms. Mexico is one of the highest producers of wealth annually, yet most of the wealth leaves the country in foreign pockets, mostly GRINGO pockets.

It is really the sign of the "Ugly American" to complain about Mexican workers when both YOU and THEM are being screwed by employers!

Spend your energy fighting the ridiculous "right to work" drive in WV (pushed by big business), to demand mine safety and full Unionization of ALL coalmines in the state (avoid another Sego disaster...a non-Union mine), to demand FULL HEALTHCARE ACCESS in WV and the nation as a whole (a national shame, since every other developed nation has it).

WV has been abused for generations, especially by timber and coal companies. Spend your energy fighting against THEM and their successors, and leave the hard-working immigrants alone!
Bill

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Jul 23, 2007
I have no problem whatsoever with any immigrants. If a man travels a thousand miles in search of some labor so he can provide for his family, then that is highly commendable. God bless you Sinajuavi and any other man who has a desire to work, but shame on those who are here illegally and aren't going through the proper steps to correct the situation. Shame on those so called labor orginizations such as "SpanForce" that establish fake business addresses in Lewisburg and Terra Alta and recruit illegal aliens and on top of that, don't pay them for what the job is worth.
Sinajuavi wrote:
Workers in WV are treated like dogs by employers. Wages are low, Unions are ignored, healthcare is minimal...do you think if every illegal immigrant disappeared from WV all of this would change? Dream on...there aren't that many illegals in the state anyway, compared to the rest of the country.
Should not immigrants from Mexico have a right to a job also? After all, USA corporations abuse Mexico, its resources and labor. USA agribiz drives Mexican farmers off their farms. Mexico is one of the highest producers of wealth annually, yet most of the wealth leaves the country in foreign pockets, mostly GRINGO pockets.
It is really the sign of the "Ugly American" to complain about Mexican workers when both YOU and THEM are being screwed by employers!
Spend your energy fighting the ridiculous "right to work" drive in WV (pushed by big business), to demand mine safety and full Unionization of ALL coalmines in the state (avoid another Sego disaster...a non-Union mine), to demand FULL HEALTHCARE ACCESS in WV and the nation as a whole (a national shame, since every other developed nation has it).
WV has been abused for generations, especially by timber and coal companies. Spend your energy fighting against THEM and their successors, and leave the hard-working immigrants alone!
Sinajuavi

Morgantown, WV

#5 Jul 23, 2007
Indeed, the fault is with the corporations/businesses who exploit their cheap labor, and with USA corporations who control the Mexican economy and make sure they can't make decent livings there in sweatshops.

In WV, when different immigrants have arrived, historically there has been suspicion and some hostility at first, but the people assimilate and WV comes to learn that they are good, and a positive element in the state. AS happened with Italians, Hungarians, etc. The same will occur with Mexicans.

I have been around Mexicans for decades, speak their language and know their culture, and I can assure you this is a good people, with a lot to offer. There is no reason to turn on them. I'm really not worried so much about West Virginians who in many ways are more tolerant and wise than the rest of the country. In many states the hostility against Mexican immigrants has reached fever pitch and this can only lead to bad results...

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