On Tuesday, December 6th, a special election is being held in California for a safe Republican seat to fill the vacancy left by Christopher Cox, who was appointed chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The election features a run-off between Republican state Senator John Campbell against anti-immigrationist self-syled "minuteman" vigilante Jim Gilchrist. His candidacy has a single issue: illegal immigration. Immigration Daily is confident that he will lose, underscoring once again that anti-immigration sentiments are not widely endorsed by the general public. No doubt, the anti-immigrationists will attempt to spin Mr. Gilchrist's expected loss into a symbolic victory for their misguided cause. We are confident that the voters of California will make the wise choice and reject Mr. Gilchrist.
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In connection with the ever-articulate Mr. Ali Alexander's employer enforcement letter (12/06/05 ID), FAIR has multiple examples of current federal and state bills that would impose effective financial, fiscal, and administrative sanctions on unlawful employers of illegal aliens.
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I suggest that Chucky as he stated in his letter (12/06/05 ID) and all likeminded viewpoints to raise money privately from their own pockets and through the issuance of fence-backed debentures to build the border wall. Perhaps they can ask for contributions from the government contractors that supplied the defective surveillance cameras and other overpriced substandard equipment. If it's going to be so effective, no doubt the hospitals giving free care to unauthorized workers and the teachers unions of the pauper government-run schools will be willing to pitch in. The idea does not resist any analysis. It's pure demagoguery. Not such kind of waste with my hard-earned tax dollars.
Recently, Ali Alexander was described as a strict immigration officer (see Sebastian's letter 12/05/05 ID). That is good because who wants any police work to not be strict? I have come to believe prosecution of employers of illegal aliens would be the very best example. As a Republican, I recently changed to Independent because my party is no longer strict to stick to their values.
I am continually amazed at the conversations that continue to push for more enforcement at the employer level on illegals. I do not have a problem, per se, with that thinking but is that really the problem or just a symptom? What employer would hire illegals and go through the hassle and potential legal issues unless they felt it neccessary? Many think that lucrative profits are the driver but please consider the industries that employ illegals. They are typically low margin, high labor input industries that have a high sweat and grime factor. There is not a stable, willing American work force willing to cover these types of jobs. They do not exist. High wages are not the answer. Jobs will simply be pushed overseas or entire low margin industries will shut down. Consider this. Immigration reform in the guest worker programs are what is needed. H2-A and H-2B visa terms are unworkable for industry and agriculture today. It will be interesting to see if the Administration gets it right on the guest worker visa changes being proposed. The way to measure it is by the number of employed illegals. If that number rises, then the new proposals are a failure.
My attorney filed for labor certification through PERM over 10 weeks ago, and claims he has heard nothing from DOL. Is this possible in view of the DOL processing LCs in 6-8 weeks at the latest, or are he and my employer being dishonest with me? If so, do I have any recourse? It seems that in applying for immigration, employees have no rights whatsoever. For example, I have no proof except their word that they have even filed an application, when I try to call the attorney he tells me that he he is not technically liable to me but to my employer since they paid the bills and are sponsoring me, that if I call to speak with him his time is billable, etc.
Am I not a co-client, and as such do I not have any rights at all in my own case? It is true that my employer bore the expenses, and therefore is a client, but I have as much if not more at stake in this. It appears that in applying for legal immigration, legal applicants have as few rights as illegal immigrants, and are treated as poorly. Add the long waits before we get our green cards, and being subject to disohonest attorneys and exploiting employers, and actually legal immigrants have it far worse than illegal ones. And yet it is illegal immigration that is being focused on in the "comprehensive immigration reform"
I'm almost tempted to become illegal myself, at least I will be given what amounts to amnesty. While I understand the situation for illegals, as someone who has painstakingly stayed legal for 7 years, do I not have any advantage? Someone, please tell me what that advantage is, because I cannot see it.
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