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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:47 AM
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Border Bill Allows Temporary Workers

Border Bill Allows Temporary Workers
Two GOP senators from Texas and Arizona offer a plan that combines increased security with a way for foreigners to work in the U.S. legally.
By Nicole Gaouette
Times Staff Writer

July 20, 2005

WASHINGTON Two Republican senators from states with large numbers of illegal immigrants introduced legislation Tuesday that would funnel at least $5 billion into border enforcement and create a temporary-worker visa requiring foreigners to return to their home countries when their jobs ended.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona, would toughen penalties for employers who hired undocumented workers, reimburse states for the costs of holding illegal immigrants who committed crimes, and require that machine-readable, tamper-proof Social Security cards be issued within a year.

Kyl and Cornyn, whose home states stretch along 85% of the U.S.-Mexico border, timed their bill's introduction to keep immigration on the front burner when debate over a Supreme Court nominee threatens to overshadow other congressional business.

Reflecting the political reality of their states, where frustration with the lack of border security runs high, the senators positioned their effort as a "workable and enforceable" solution a phrase that hinted at the political balancing act they aimed to strike between plugging the nation's porous border while maintaining a flow of workers to businesses hungry for cheap labor.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:03 AM
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1. Until they vigorously and actively prosecute employers of illegal ...
... immigrants, this will continue to be an area where corporate greed will exploit the poverty and unemployment in Mexico and oppress workers afraid of being fired for speaking out about their rights (either because they're subject to deportation and imprisonment or because they'll be replaced with coerced slave labor).

Our immigration laws don't exist for the fucking comfort and convenience of 'owners' seeking profits from cheap labor!! The sole legitimacy of licensed business enterprise in this nation is the public interest - the entire public interest! Any industry cabal (manufacturer's associations, etc.) can create the appearance of a "labor shortage" by lowering compensation for labor!

If every shortage of products and services is addressed by an increase in price but a shortage of cheap labor results in importing human beings, we're a morally bankrupt economy!
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:07 AM
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2. I agree :-)
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enfield collector Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:50 AM
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3. well said, we also need to help the Mexicans build their own country
mainly by eliminating the ruling elites corruption so they don't have to tear families apart just to put food on the table.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:11 AM
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4. Mexico is Ruled by the Ownership Class. It's a post-colonial plutocracy.
"The term plutocracy indicates a form of government where all the state's decisions are centralized in an affluent wealthy class of citizenry and the degree of economic inequality is high while the level of social mobility is low. When these factors are met a government can be classified as such. This can apply to a multitude of government systems as these concepts transcend and often occur concomitantly with them. The word itself is derived from the ancient Greek root ploutos meaning wealth."

Until their systems are extensively reformed, any economic aid or assistance disproportionately benefits the ruling class and further embeds the plutocratic rule.
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