proposed before the City Council, adding municipal to state
strictures upon hiring undocumented immigrants, is an exercise
in misplaced responsibility.
is the responsibility of the federal government, whose program
for screening out illegal job applicants is full of holes. This
is what needs to be fixed. How hard is it to verify that a
Social Security number is legitimate, is not being used
elsewhere and fits the profile of the applicant?
law dates to 1986. For 20 years, there has been an effective
conspiracy to lower the wage base by hiring illegal immigrants -
who themselves were drawn here by the known availability of
(illegal) employment, and often started families.
It is we who
brought these undocumented workers here. They're part of our
community. To subject them now to massive roundups, destroying
families, is an exercise in "blaming the victim."
We need to make
provisions for the workers who settled here. The whole system
must be revised, and in the first place to provide legal status
for established families. Our community should be extending its
protection to the human lives involved.
And finally, we
must recognize what U.S. policies are doing to cause poverty in
other nations. Since NAFTA opened Mexico to our subsidized corn
production, 30 percent of its farm jobs have disappeared - and
now the price of that basic food has increased by 50 percent due
to demand for ethanol in the U.S. market.
misleading ordinance fails to locate responsibility where it
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