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Support Legal Immigration….

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:10 pm - May 1, 2006.
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He really does!

Darin Brockelbank supports his employees’ right to take part in the boycott. But the owner of Charlotte backyard architecture firm Metro-Greenscape Inc. has told his 16 Hispanic employees he likely will fire them if they do.

“We understand where they’re coming from,” Brockelbank said. “But they need to consider the people who are looking out for them and that’s their employer.”

He added that his company has paid for English classes, helped set up bank accounts and arranged car loans for those employees, who he said are in the country legally.

Do your part today….. go out and support American companies that follow the law!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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7 Comments

  1. While I respect GayPatriot’s take that “Immigration Day” is just for the illegal and undocumented, I support “Immigration Day” for both the legal and the illegal as a Realpolitik demonstration of the role of the immigrant in American society and the American economy regardless of “status”. If the goal is “border security” and “national interest”, then we need to incourage and provide for ALL immigrants to documented and fully-participating…including paying taxes, and legally-operating and insuring their cars.

    At the same time I am not saying “amnesty”, nor am I saying they should go home. That they have caught-up their back-tax obligations should be a requirement, and I support that they be required to wait longer for their citizenship.

    I would even support regional rules that afforded protection to those of our own hemisphere as “neighbors” while excluding others as a political choice, if that were the choice over nothing at all. And say to the Europeans that they must provide similarily for their “neighbors”, and we will not bear their responsibility.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — May 1, 2006 @ 5:30 pm - May 1, 2006

  2. Ted B. makes some very intelligent points. It is not even feasible for us to “simply” send back everybody who’s come here illegally, but citizenship has not only rights but also obligations.

    This past week, I replaced my lawn guys (whose legality was shady at best) with a small firm run by a guy who hires only legal citizens.

    Funny thing — it won’t even cost me any more to do it. Just like the previous guy, this one charges $30.00 a week — which pretty much seems, in my area, to be the going rate.

    Comment by Lori Heine — May 1, 2006 @ 5:40 pm - May 1, 2006

  3. #1: “I support that they be required to wait longer for their citizenship.”

    As an immigrant myself, I think waiting longer for citizenship would be a meaningless penalty. There is a lot of misunderstanding of the whole immigration process and it starts with the idea that citizenship is the hard step in the process. In fact, it is the prior step, permanent residency (“green card”) status, that is so hard to get. Our immigrant quotas are NOT for citizenship but rather for permanent residency and the waiting time between application and granting of permanent residency for many countries can be many years. And that’s IF you meet some pretty selective criteria. Without an immediate relative who is a US citizen or some special skill for which it can be proved there is no one in the US available to do the job, the average foreigner (not wealthy, not a designated refugee, not an asylum seeker, and not a close friend of the President) will find it virtually impossible to immigrate to the US.

    Once granted permanent residency, you essentially have all the rights of a citizen except the vote and eligibility for a federal govenment job. Consequently, many immigrants don’t ever become citizens. In my case, I waited 11 additional years beyond the requied 5 before completing the naturalization step.

    I’m not sure what the best solution to the problem of the millions who have circumvented – and continue to circumvent – the whole process would be. Current law already requires that employers ensure that new hires are eligible to work by first having the employee provide specific types of documentation and then filling out a form attesting to having seen the appropriate documents. The large number if “illegal” workers suggests only two possibilities. Either an employer is conscientious and makes sure his employees are eligible to work or he doesn’t bother. In the first case, the only way an ineligible employee would be hired would be if he presented good conterfeit documents including a Social Security number. It seems to me that it would be possible for the SSA, given resources, to weed out phony Social Security numbers and catch those with them. In the second case, it makes sense to devote significant resources to nailing and prosecuting employers who knowingly hire those who are ineligible to work. Give the employers jail time. If companies stop hiring these workers and SSA weeds out those who have phony documents, I think that goes far towards reducing the influx. If we can do that then we could deal more generously with those who have put down roots here by some kind of amnesty program perhaps.

    Comment by Ian S — May 1, 2006 @ 8:10 pm - May 1, 2006

  4. “go out and support American companies that follow the law!”

    That’s all well and good but it’s simply impossible for an ordinary landscaper to get permanent residency unless he or she already has a relative who’s a citizen or qualifies for the few special case rules (such as asylum.) Again, unless you go after the employers who hire ineligible workers, trying to fence off the border is futile. Alas, the GOP powers that be are unlikely to do that in any meaningful and sustained way because many who hire undocumented workers have a lot of influence in the GOP.

    Comment by Ian S — May 2, 2006 @ 12:48 am - May 2, 2006

  5. Not that I am opposed to paying back taxes, but what about the companies who avoided payroll taxes and more than likely doctored the books to avoid income taxes?

    Comment by ralph — May 2, 2006 @ 2:55 am - May 2, 2006

  6. #5: Good point! If a company is willing to break the law by hiring ineligible workers, who’s to say they didn’t also withhold taxes and not submit them to the government? Furthermore, half the SS and Medicare taxes are supposed to be paid by the employer anyway. This is what I don’t get: everyone wants to go after the worker when it’s the companies hiring them that have clearly broken existing laws and benefitted the most.

    Comment by Ian S — May 2, 2006 @ 9:59 am - May 2, 2006

  7. Illegal aliens are slowly destroying our nation from the bottom up.

    Mexico and these illegal aliens – invaders of our nation intend on taking back the southwest. We will be in a war with mexico and these illegal invaders of America within five years if we do not send all of these criminals out of America.

    These illegal aliens, invaders of our nation, have broken the laws of our land. Emplyers that hire illegal aliens have broken the laws of our land. This make them criminals.

    The war is coming if we do not correct this travesity on our nation.

    Comment by The Texican. — May 2, 2006 @ 10:20 pm - May 2, 2006

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