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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-10 05:35 AM
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28. So King would let illegal employees keep working, just eliminate illegal employers' tax deductions.
Under King's proposal, once an employee was proven to be here illegally "it up to employers to fire unauthorized workers" which sounds like the employer could decide to retain the employee if desired. Employers have no such discretion now.

Undoubtedly King's real goal is to derail the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform and break off enough support from the left by using the wedge issue of "going after employers". In reality the right (of which King is a genuine member) would love to give illegal employers the option of keeping their illegal employees. It sounds like King would be willing to give illegal employers a pass, but I didn't read how he would propose doing for the "illegal" employees who could continue to work if their employer so chose. Could they apply to become "legal" or would they keep working "illegally" indefinitely? Sounds like a guest worker program without any legal status for the workers.

Under Obama's I-9 audit program, more illegal employees have been fired than ever occurred under Bush's showcase workplace raids. Deportations are running way ahead of the pace under Bush.
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