Mixed reaction to Suffolk worker-documentation law

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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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Jane from Babylon

Washington, DC

#67 May 19, 2008
para bailar la bamba wrote:
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 .
people who immigrated legally through Ellis Island had to be able to support themselves and be healthy. they also had to learn English. there was no "press 2 for Espanol" and Medicaid for free health care. they also didn't pull their kids in and out school for months at a time to return home. there was an article in yesterday's Daily News about the horrible wait times and overcrowding in city emergency rooms. i wonder what percentage of patients were there legally for real emergencies rather than free walk-in clinics.
who pays

Englishtown, NJ

#68 May 19, 2008
Jane from Babylon wrote:
<quoted text>people who immigrated legally through Ellis Island had to be able to support themselves and be healthy. they also had to learn English. there was no "press 2 for Espanol" and Medicaid for free health care. they also didn't pull their kids in and out school for months at a time to return home. there was an article in yesterday's Daily News about the horrible wait times and overcrowding in city emergency rooms. i wonder what percentage of patients were there legally for real emergencies rather than free walk-in clinics.
None of the amnesty give America away to the anarchists crowd of our useless congress will tell the public what percentage are illegal and how much it costs taxpayers. Legal immigrants at one time actually had to have sponsors to immigrate here and it took years. An amnesty bill is actually attached to the Iraq war appropriations bill. That is how our weasels in congress fool the public.
Loves God

Tenafly, NJ

#69 May 19, 2008
DAY_WITHOUT_LEGALS wrote:
It is really a supply-demmand of labor issue. The larger the supply of labor, the lower ALL wages will be lower (even jobs not being done by illegals) because of more workers vying for fewer jobs in agragate. Less illegals means that prices all go up, but wages wil go up more than enough to compensate for the increase in prices. Of course we do need some immigration, but it should depend on where we want to peg the standard of living for the average american.
If we want 100% of the workers in this country to be able to support a family by working a 40 hour week then there should be no immigration. If you think that only 10% of workers should earn enough to support a family then we need unfettered immigration like we have now. Obviously the answer is somewhere in between.
The important point is that businesses and their politicians want to keep the cost of labor as low as possible and thus do not enforce the law.
The solution is to have a "Day Without Legals" where all legal workers stay home to protest. I think that would make them listen.
Unfortunately I don't think it would be that noticabthe legal ones.le. There are so very many illegals at this point, I think they outnumber

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