Guest-worker bill pushed by Arizona Republic, willing cohorts

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.

6 Responses to Guest-worker bill pushed by Arizona Republic, willing cohorts

  1. Joe Evans says:

    Hamer’s an unscrupulous sellout. When he bailed on the AZ GOP and caved to Democrat pressure, many of us were thoroughly disgusted.

    The other’s self interests are clear as glass. We all know what the agenda of the daily paper is. How long until it evaporates from lack of readership? I have a buddy in Mohave County who tells me home delivery of the Republic is no longer available.

  2. Jeff says:

    Those ‘guests’ have Anerican citizen children, folks. Why isn’t that ever mentioned?
    This is the serious flaw that is continually swept under the table.

  3. Maggie says:

    There are plenty of American workers ready and willing to take these jobs. That was proven by the lines of applicants after the raids on the packing plants.

    This is the big lie that is repeated so often by the advocates for illegals that people believe it’s true. Many American citizen workers, lacking higher education and specific skills, are eager for employment, only to have been displaced by illegals.

    The real culprits are the businesses which enthusiastically exploit the illegal status of foreign nationals who sneak into the US and will readily accept under the table wages for fear of exposure. The businessmen get richer, unskilled American citizens get poorer, and the lie is perpetuated.

  4. Chuck says:

    Rep. Bill Konopnicki is no different than good ol’ Mac Magruder, the hamburger mogul who exploits illegal workers and simultaneously lines his own pockets. Big Mac and his wife are involved in every high end social soiree with their pictures in magazines and the society section of the Republic. They arrived at their black tie status by profiting from illegal laborers. Swell.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Those who worry so much about “discrimination” against illegals have their priorities misplaced. Their concern should be for Americans who are seeking employment only to find themselves displaced. Have you been to a construction site recently? Try to find an English speaker.

  6. Thomas says:

    Many Black Americans are feeling the economic sting of illegal aliens taking jobs they previously held.
    This is especially true in construction trades, but also other employment areas.
    Read this:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0525/p01s03-ussc.html

    Blue collar wage earners and unskilled or semi-skilled employment opportunities go to illegals who will accept less than American workers—who don’t live three families to a single household. American citizens should not have to compete for living wage jobs with illegal foreign nationals.

    Lower labor costs result in increased profits. That is what drives the members of Hamer’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Thank God for the wisdom of U.S. District Judge, Neil Wake in his decision.