Mixed reaction to Suffolk worker-documentation law

Full story: Newsday 63
For John Willis, who runs an East Patchogue contracting business excavating and installing cesspools, Suffolk's new law requiring him to report the immigration status of his employees is a redundant hassle. Full Story
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big deal

Hempstead, NY

#2 May 16, 2008
Ok...this is great but it still doesn't address the fact that the illegals are overcrowding our schools,getting free lunch,enjoying free healthcare and housing.All of these are on the arm of the legal,law-abiding citizens.....and YOUR Democratic Party wants to allow these invaders the right to vote!!!Wake up!!!.
SuzieQ

Patchogue, NY

#3 May 16, 2008
These people who have been using people to work for them "off the book" have been riding the gravy train for a long time. All the money they saved hiring illegal labor went right into their pockets. We the consumer did not get the benefit of the low labor costs.

So boo hoo to them. They will either cut back on their employees or their business or go under. If they raise their prices, the downturn in the economy will just make them lose customers.

As a taxpayer, I am sick of paying for the deadbeats who cheat the system while the rest of us pays for them.
mixed reaction

San Francisco, CA

#4 May 16, 2008
the newsday editorial page is against it. the people of long island are for it. that's newsday's idea of a mixed reaction!
SuzieQ

Patchogue, NY

#5 May 16, 2008
big deal wrote:
Ok...this is great but it still doesn't address the fact that the illegals are overcrowding our schools,getting free lunch,enjoying free healthcare and housing.All of these are on the arm of the legal,law-abiding
citizens.....and YOUR Democratic Party wants to allow these invaders the right to vote!!!Wake up!!!.
If they are denied services, jobs and housing they will move on.
wow

Patchogue, NY

#6 May 16, 2008
Very true Very Very true.. HOY..
mixed reaction wrote:
the newsday editorial page is against it. the people of long island are for it. that's newsday's idea of a mixed reaction!
who pays

Englishtown, NJ

#7 May 16, 2008
The employers who are against the new law are the same ones that find paperwork and paying taxes a pain. Life is not fair.
Mikem

Centereach, NY

#8 May 16, 2008
Too bad for the contractors, but they brought it upon themselves. Our own citizens are out of work.Some of our children need to learn trades.If your prices go up then so be it. If the playing field is truly level then all contractors will have to follow suit.

Since: Jun 07

Copiague, NY

#9 May 16, 2008
What is this mixed reaction Newsday writes about? The whole story interviews contractors. Go out and poll John Q and see how mixed it is.

Since: Dec 07

Raleigh, NC

#10 May 16, 2008
Too bad for these guys butwe need to get a handle on illegal immigration and this is just a baby step in reigning in the overwhelming inflow of illegals. These contractors should be a bit more cooperative in doing their part to rid the USA of invading illegal aliens!
Long Island Patriot

Little Ferry, NJ

#11 May 16, 2008
big deal wrote:
Ok...this is great but it still doesn't address the fact that the illegals are overcrowding our schools,getting free lunch,enjoying free healthcare and housing.All of these are on the arm of the legal,law-abiding citizens.....and YOUR Democratic Party wants to allow these invaders the right to vote!!!Wake up!!!.
More and more states, small towns and municipalites are passing laws to combat illegal immigration. The American people are fed up. However, Washington is not listening to the American people. Beware, "The New Employee Verification Act"(NEVA), bill @ H.R. 5515. This is a true wolf in sheep's clothing. The bill would prempt and ban any and all state and local law for illegal immigration-related issues enacted to impose employer fines or sanctions, or would forbid any laws requiring employers to verify work status or identity for work authorization. It would also prevent any unit of government from verifying status of renters, determining eligibilty for receipt of benefits, enrollment is school, obtaining a business or other license or conducting a backround check. It gets worse still, but you get the drift.

The government has turned against the people. The people are fighting back, but hopefully it is not too late. America is in deep, deep trouble.

God help us!!
Jane from Babylon

Washington, DC

#12 May 16, 2008
Bill1154 wrote:
What is this mixed reaction Newsday writes about? The whole story interviews contractors. Go out and poll John Q and see how mixed it is.
Right, the headline (if it wasn't so slanted)should have read "Only One in 20 Contractors say Passed Bill is Difficult to Comply with."
Independent

AOL

#13 May 16, 2008
The political party that realizes first that the American public wants the existing laws enforced will be a big winner. The current Dems believe they see future voters so they will not act. The current Repubs are sucking up to big business who wants cheap labor. Either party could wake up and grab the attention of the American people, but both have sold their souls to different gods.
Karl Karlson

Forest Hills, NY

#14 May 16, 2008
Good law, but virtually unenforceable right now.
new yorker

Smithtown, NY

#15 May 16, 2008
Oh brother, here we go again!

Illegals and their "helpers" get told "NO" you can't get away with not verifying legal status...AGAIN our "leaders" buckle!!!!

If only, we had someone with enough courage as Montano sticking up for the TAX paying Suffolk residents or the HARD working LEGAL contractors who ALWAYS get under bidded by the bad guys!!!!!
mlk

AOL

#16 May 16, 2008
For over 20 years it have been a federal crime not to fill out I-9 forms. Business have been required to check documentation upon hiring an individual all along. There should be no problem with complying with this law because it have been the law since 1986.
DIKDOM

Fairfield, CT

#18 May 16, 2008
Contractors who hire illegals should be heavily fined!!
They are part of the problem & not the solution
Landscapers should be hiring teens
who are off for the summer to give them the chance to make a few dollars &keep them out of trouble with free time off & nothing to do.
It's a win-win situation!!!
Blueskies

Cresskill, NJ

#20 May 16, 2008
The only people the government gives any attention to are the advocates for the people who are here illegally.

Better late than never with this law. I hope that when the people who are here illegally can't find work they will go back to their own country and try and come back into the US legally.
Citizen -

Bronx, NY

#21 May 16, 2008
There should not have to be a special law made for the contractors .They should be following the immigration laws already on the books .
Even teenagers, American citizens, have to get working papers and show their working papers before they get a job , plus pay taxes for the small amount most of them make .
It is also a requirement for them to have Social Security cards . Why should the illegals be treated differently .
The illegals can get away with accepting $10.00 per hour when nothing is taken out of their pay .
Considering so much is sent back home to their country they are really making out good taking advantage of us .
No Amnesty .They all have to be sent back to where they came from.
para bailar la bamba

Oakdale, NY

#22 May 16, 2008
...you guys live in and live for pure ignorance. Suffolk is just going backwards with their "protective ideas and control in inmigration" when the the World istself is in a phenomenon of world wide inmigration and the US is headed to a Comprehensive Inmigration Reform. Sorry to tell you guys that you will continue to see many "hispanic people" all around and hear spanish everywhere.. eventhough you hide in this far from reality counties and their legislators like Suffolk County. This will never end and ITS HERE TO STAY. "Conservative and ignorant counties like Suffok will also have to give up to the reality of actuality following the unavoidable example of big cities, in particular, as I said, after the Inmigration Reform. The good news for you guys that insist to stay in your own "little and personal little of world of ignorance" is that you always have the chance to move further up, north like places like north Canada where you see less hispanic guys that you see here around or just learn Spanish like many are doing.
For the ones that would say something like "why you dont leave"...well, let me tell you... I compromise the whole Hispanic Community to leave the US but, right after YOU GO BACK to Europe where you originally came from. You see how easy.
I wonder what kind of face you make everytime you go to important and "real" places like Manhattan or go trough big minorities counties like Queens or others. Or maybe you prefer to stay around in your own little communities away from the reality of the world.
..and for the ones that think that i am writing for somewhere else, let me tell you that I am here in Suffolk and pay more that average in school taxes and take it like it is. open for comments....
para bailar la bamba

Oakdale, NY

#23 May 16, 2008
Yes Amnesty !!! if european inmgrants got their passport stamped at Ellis Island...why we can not give all these newcomers the same opportunity and consideration that others had...WHY??? because they look different ...maybe...thats why I am telling you .. If you got a problem with race...just move to Alaska...you way better off .... Thank you .

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