Saturday, December 22, 2007

Employer Sanctions WORK!!!

In Arizona, illegal immigrants are packing their bags for “greener pastures.”

According to a recent USA Today story, illegal immigrants in Arizona, frustrated over tough new legislation cracking down on illicit employers, are returning to their home countries or trying their luck in other states.

“For months, immigrants have taken a wait-and-see attitude toward the state's new employer-sanctions law, which takes effect Jan. 1. The voter-approved legislation is an attempt to lessen the economic incentive for illegal immigrants in Arizona, the busiest crossing point along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“And by all appearances, it's starting to work.

"People are calling me telling me about their friend, their cousin, their neighbors — they're moving back to Mexico," said Magdalena Schwartz, an immigrant-rights activist and pastor at a Mesa church. "They don't want to live in fear, in terror."
“Martin Herrera, a 40-year-old illegal immigrant and masonry worker who lives in Camp Verde, 70 miles north of Phoenix, said he is planning to return to Mexico as soon as he ties up loose ends after living here for four years.

"I don't want to live here because of the new law and the oppressive environment," he said. "I'll be better in my country."

“He called the employer-sanctions law "absurd."

"Everybody here, legally or illegally, we are part of a motor that makes this country run," Herrera said. "Once we leave, the motor is going to start to slow down."

One thing both sides agree on at this point is that there's no way to know how many illegal immigrants are leaving Arizona, especially now with many returning home for normal holidays visits. But economists, immigration lawyers and people who work in the immigrant community agree it's happening.

State Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa (pictured above), the author of the employer sanctions law, said his intent was to drive illegal immigrants out of Arizona.

"I'm hoping they will self-deport," Pearce said. "They broke the law. They're criminals."
Under these new employer sanctions law, businesses found to have knowingly hired illegal workers will be subject to sanctions from probation to a 10-day suspension of their business licenses. A second violation would bring permanent revocation of the license.

Nancy-Jo Merritt, an immigration lawyer who primarily represents employers, said her clients already have started to fire workers who can't prove they are in the country legally.

"Workers are being fired, of course," she said. "Nobody wants to find out later on that they've got somebody working for them who's not here legally."
“When (ILLEGAL) immigrants don't have jobs, they don't stick around,” said Dawn McLaren, a research economist at Arizona State University who specializes in illegal immigration.

Of course there are pro-open border extremists who claim that these sanctions WILL indeed send ILLEGAL immigrants packing, but claim that will harm the Arizona economy.

Pearce disagrees that the Arizona economy will suffer after illegal immigrants leave, saying there will be less crime, lower taxes, less congestion, smaller classroom sizes and shorter lines in emergency rooms.

"We have a free market. It'll adjust," he said. "Americans will be much better off."
He said he's not surprised illegal immigrants are leaving the state and predicts that more will go once the employer-sanctions law takes effect next month.

"It's attrition by enforcement," he said. "As you make this an unfriendly state for lawbreakers, I'm hoping they will pick up and leave."

Ironically enough, these illicit employer sanctions validate exactly what I said back in May (May, 21, 2007), "The overwhelming bulk of the illegal aliens here come for jobs that are unavailable in their homelands. The problems for America are (1) this veritable human trafficking serves to deliberately subvert American laws on minimum wage, withholding income and FICA taxes from employees and (2) serves to lower the American “wage floor” – the wage rate paid to all unskilled labor in America and all other wage rates are tethered to that “wage floor.”The bulk of the problem really is "an illegal employer" problem, rather than an "illegal immigration" problem.
So, in that vein, fining employers is a "win-win!" It's good for the government coffers and good for the American people. OK, it's very bad for a very few Americans who are making illicit profits off human exploitation, but it's to the greater good of the vast majority of Americans.Fine an employer $10,000 for hiring an "undocumented worker," and $10,000 for hiring a worker "off-the-books." Those fines must be levied per offense...

“... Once the jobs dried up, the draw would dry up and the illegal immigrants here for work, would then self-deport.The 10-15% or so who are here for nefarious purposes will be caught up in various criminal procedures.”

A GREAT job by Arizona!!!

The entire State should be proud!


heidianne jackson said...

this is indeed very good news. and exactly what you predicted and others of us (those of us with brains) expected. these people who are not against (i just can't bring myself to say pro) illegal immigration are absurd. this is our piece of ground, not some world community park.

try being an illegal in mexico - they have some of the strictest immigration laws in the world - you can't stay if you're not there legally. period.

great post at christmas time, my friend. a very merry christmas and prosperous and happy new year to you and yours.

Seane-Anna said...

This is such good news, JMK! Maybe if enough illegals return to their homelands and are no longer sending American dollars back there those countries will make the reforms necessary to uplift their standard of living. And their people will stop acting like they're entitled to break our laws.

Good post, JMK, and may you have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

WomanHonorThyself said...

heythere buddy..Hope your holiday was full of light and love!:)

JMK said...

It really is good news Heidianne!

The vast majority of illegals come here for work that's unavailable in their home countries, BUT there is a very real cost to that!

When government winks and nods at such cheap labor that lowers the wage floor for EVERYONE in America and that's one of the primary reasons that wages have remained relatively constant (few and small wage increases overall across the board) for American workers over the past ten to fifteen years!

On top of that are the many ancillary costs - education for illegal immigrant children, free healthcare that's overrunning our emergency rooms and sending many local hospitals into bankruptcy, not to mention incarceration costs for illegal immigrant felons.

A pathetic few Americans get wealthy at the expense of the rest of us, who pay
MORE taxes for fewer services, as wage rates stagnate.

Coming down hard on illicit employers (employers who hire illegal aliens and workers "off-the-books") will dry up those illicit jobs, cut our demand for services greatly, relieve the persistent downward pressure on wage rates and, in short order, be a huge boom to our economy!

JMK said...

THAT would be another positive Dwanna! But their leaving will do a lot of other things as well, including reducuing the excess demand on services (hospital ERs, education and prisons, etc) and it would relieve the persistent downward pressure on wage rates that illegal labor applies to the system.

JMK said...

It was Angel, and I hope yours was too!

WomanHonorThyself said...

thanks for the comments JMK and visit to my humble abode!

JMK said...

You've got a great blog Angel. I always enjoy reading your take on things.

WomanHonorThyself said...


JMK said...

Thanks again Angel...and I do hope to keep blogging, as I'm sure you will, as well.

A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and yours as well.

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