Immigration Attorney Faces Fed
According to The Hutchinson News, "A disbarred attorney and his wife, who used to serve southwest Kansas' immigrant population, face federal charges for allegedly filing forged [alien labor certification and asylum] documents with U.S. authorities." For the full story, see here.
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Immigration restrictionists typically object to the cultural changes that they fear will be the result of more immigration. They want this country to remain the way it was when they were younger. In taking this position, they overlook two points. First, cultural changes in what is now this country started when the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and have never stopped. Second, those ongoing changes made this country the world leader that it is. The restrictionists' "solutions" bring to mind the old saying that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to relive them.
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Regarding ID's 7/27/06 comment on the MCDC Minutemen, as a border, "neighborhood watch" group, the label "vigilante" is inappropriate as to the Western definition of taking the law into one's own hands or belonging to a vigilante committee. However, the Spanish version to be a "watchman" or the Latin, "to be vigilant" would be most appropriate. Any problems here can be attributed to the rapid growth and interest in this issue and will be addressed and resolved, much to the dismay of
some. The Pence/Hutchison plan (7/26/06 ID Comment) is just another insulting, backdoor amnesty ploy with some different hoops to jump through, dressed up to look like enforcement that would put big business in charge. It's even worse than S.B. 2611 if that's possible. Unlimited cheap labor could be imported without serious checks or balances on an employers demand. The only compromise this legislation achieves is the threat to the job security and future of every American worker and family. Why
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Responding to Mr. Prchal's letter (07/27/06 ID), there's no need to import poorly educated, unskilled immigrants to do these jobs - workers who would still put the burden of support on the American taxpayer. Most of the jobs that are considered low-skilled are still predominantly performed by Americans, according to a recent Pew Hispanic Center study. Furthermore, with the apparent structural shift in our economy to unskilled/semi-skilled service jobs, perhaps we should also call for a gov't policy shift. Instead of touting college educations for everyone, perhaps our leaders should emphasize vocational training programs in high schools and post high school. Many of the jobs now being performed by illegal aliens are only considered full-time jobs because illegal aliens need to support families. However, a number of these jobs have provided PT/temporary work for individuals who needed the flexibility. We should realize that the explosion in our population of older but healthy workers along with the shakiness of pension plans and Social Security means that these workers are likely to be available for some jobs now held by illegal aliens. For those jobs for which there truly may not be Americans available, we should consider importing educated workers whose abilities may not be an immediate match for our skilled employment needs. These workers may view low-wage jobs as stepping stones, providing a chance to learn English and how things work here. I myself tutored an Indian woman who had been sponsored by her doctor brother. She had a master's degree and weak English. However, she knew how to learn and was willing to take low-wage jobs while she improved her skills. Isn't this what we want for low-wage workers, American or immigrant-that they be able to better themselves and their families at minimal cost to the taxpayer?
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