Bet you didn’t know we could save Arizona’s faltering economy by employing illegals
In an article in today’s newspaper, illegal aliens are front and center. Of course they are called “undocumented immigrants,” and we are treated to numerous tales of how they skirt the Fair and Legal Empoyment law requiring employers to comply with the federal E-Verify system.
Reporter Daniel Gonzalez takes readers on a magical tour of the underground economy which he alleges is fueled by the stringent laws hindering illegals in finding gainful employment. His best comedic effort comes when he writes that the lawbreakers are “borrowing” identities of others in order to work.
Such “borrowing” is known as forgery and or theft, and is a prosecutable crime.
Then there is the employer who colludes with Gabino (no last name provided for fear of deportation), and declares he is now “Pedro’ at the workplace, as the two of them conspire to skirt the law, making him a criminal accomplice.
Gonzalez provides an inside glimpse into the saga that is Gabino’s, a 37-year old from Guanajuato, Mexico, living in the U.S. for 10 years. He worked with papers “lent to him” by an American citizen, but was fired when they did not comport with E-Verify. Gabino was “lent” the citizen’s Social Security number and driver’s license.
Gabino also sells “used items” and the puppies he raises in his trailer, for cash at swap marts.
The newspaper’s take on this illegal scenario is that the law is harmful. Not to illegals, but to the economy, which is losing out on collection of state and federal taxes.
They always have an angle to support their open border contention. The front page and entire jump-page article are filled with quotes from pro-illegal advocates and their groups, such as We Are America and Immigrants Without Borders.
However, the lone voice of reason in the article, Rep. John Kavanagh (R. Dist. 8) the majority of whose comments are tucked in at the bottom of the article, said, “Allowing illegal immigrants to legalize their status would be a mistake because they tend to earn low wages and would pay less in taxes than the benefits they use, including emergency health care and education. Legalizing them would provide them access to even more benefits,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate that they continue to disrespect our laws by working off the books in addition to living here illegally. But this (working off the books since implementation of the state’s employer sanctions law) is one step closer to driving them out of the state. . . . It’s making it more uncomfortable for them to get jobs,” said Kavanagh
The Republic’s article ends with this not-so-veiled caveat: Still, as long as Gabino can keep making money, he said, he has no intention of leaving Arizona.