Highly charged language used as hammer
As the January 1, 2008 date for implementation of the state’s Employer Sanction law nears, every conceivable issue intended to undermine and undo it will be hauled into the public square. Today we are treated to the daily paper’s latest tirade. Taunts and threats are the words in their headline.
Within the body of the article we read of “racial insults and profiling,” “verbal threats,” “discrimination, “ “ugly” language and “hostility” directed at Spanish-speaking workers.
The article quotes Jason LeVecke, who owns 56 Carl’s Jr. and eight Pizza Patron restaurants in Arizona, who says customers have accused Hispanic workers of being illegal more than 50 times since the sanctions bill was signed into law.
What the article glosses over is that LeVecke, along with McDonalds hamburger mogul, Marion “Mac” Magruder, and others who have prospered by exploiting cheap, illegal workers, are integral to the Wake Up Arizona! group of businesses who desire to continue their profitable and soon illegal, practices. They have stated their intent to oust lawmakers who voted for the bill which Gov. Napolitano signed into law.
The words that should be getting attention are “exploitation,” manipulation,” and that novel concept: “obey the law.”