Sunday’s Business section treats us to an article with the usual suspects dancing the same waltz with illegal workers. (Why the online version is dated two days earlier is anyone’s guess.)
Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, maintains “We must find a way to ensure Arizona businesses have access to a sufficient number of legal workers. Relying on our broken federal immigration system makes this nearly impossible”
Hamer, readers will recall, was the Executive Director of the State Republican Party before defecting to the Chamber and endorsing Gov. Napolitano. The endorsement was a first of its kind for the business group.
Rep. Bill Konopnicki, (R – Dist. 5) a McDonald’s franchisee with a willing finger in this accessible low-wage labor pie, has signed on as a sponsor, along with former farmer and rancher, Sen. Marsha Arzberger, (D- Dist. 25). Their self-interest in this issue is palpable.
They all sing the tune composed by U.S. Rep Jeff Flake, who maintains that illegal aliens simply fill the jobs Americans refuse to take.
It might be well to remind them of the events surrounding ICE raids of illegal workers at six Swift & Co. meat-packing plants last year. The next day, lines of willing American citizen workers arrived at the plants, seeking the jobs from which they had been displaced by illegal foreign workers.
These are not jobs Americans refuse to take. They are jobs Americans are unwilling to accept at the substandard wages many in the business communities prefer to pay.
That is the reason for the popular Employer Sanctions law, and why it has been upheld in federal court. It is needed to dry up the employment carrot bringing non-citizens into this country taking the jobs Americans will gladly take—if paid a living wage.