Employer sanctions signed into law by Governor Napolitano one year ago today
The deceptively named initiative Stop Illegal Hiring has gathered the requisite signatures to garner a place on the November ballot. The measure is led by Andrew Pacheco, whose wife, Jessica, lobbied for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which vigorously opposed real sanctions on employers who knowingly hired illegal laborers. She is now employed by Lincoln Strategy Group, which formerly carried the name of its principle, Sproul & Associates.
While masquerading as a measure to stop illegals from gaining employment—the carrot that feeds the steady stream unlawfully breaching our southern border—Pacheco’s business-backed initiative actually provides additional protections to the employer and illegal worker. Pacheco, a former prosecutor, is well aware of the mind-boggling criminal industry that provides stolen and counterfeit documents to enable the illegal workforce to gain employment and desired services.
“The people of Arizona have spoken in a strong voice, telling us that they want a law that gets tough on illegal immigration, gets tough on the scourge of identity theft, while still protecting innocent workers,” said Andrew Pacheco.
Sounds good, but nothing could be further from the truth. His venture is intended to provide protections to the employers who continue to exploit the illegal hires to whom they pay substandard wages as they increase their ill-gotten bottom line.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that more than half of the more than $513,000 raised by the Stop Illegal Hiring campaign through May 31 came from Wake Up Arizona, a coalition of Arizona business owners that formed to oppose the current sanctions law. That group has contributed nearly $375,000.
Wake Up Arizona also was part of a federal challenge to the law which was upheld in a federal district court and is now being considered by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court heard arguments last month and is expected to issue a ruling later this year.
On a sobering note, two opposing measures, Legal Arizona Workers and Support Our Law Enforcement, led by gubernatorial candidate Don Goldwater and Rep. Russell Pearce, were unable to collect sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Don Goldwater’s letter to supporters is available here.
The groups hit a block wall attempting to use the necessary paid signature gatherers because the supporters of illegal immigration had signed contracts that included a non-compete clause making it impossible for L.A.W and S.O.L.E. to acquire their services. The hard truth is that no measure has attained ballot status without employing paid circulators.