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Texas businesses lean on senators
Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2007 | Suzanne Gamboa

Posted on 05/25/2007 5:22:45 PM PDT by Baladas

WASHINGTON – Texas business leaders are pressuring the state's Republican senators to back the immigration reform bill now being debated in the Senate.

A coalition of Texas businesses published an open letter to Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn in Thursday's editions of The Dallas Morning News, to "express the urgency in supporting passage of comprehensive immigration reform."

"We hope both Republican senators from Texas would get behind this bill. We think it's a unique opportunity and we need to finish the job," said Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business and a board member of Texas Employers for Immigration Reform.

The coalition members said the state and national economy would be damaged and businesses would face a labor shortage if Congress doesn't complete work on an immigration bill.

Their position mirrors that of a fellow Texan, President Bush, whose administration has been pushing through Congress a bill to provide illegal immigrants legal status and create a temporary worker program. Under the proposal, some immigrants would have to leave the country and re-enter before they could legally work.

In a conference call with reporters, business leaders said nothing can be gained from requiring the illegal immigrants to leave and re-enter the country.

"To ask them to return home and touch back is going to put a unique burden on them and on employers," said Cliff Butler, vice chairman of Pilgrim's Pride, based in Pittsburg.

Hutchison said she would try to amend the part of the Senate bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain four-year, indefinitely renewable Z visas that allow them to remain in the country and work and only have to return to their home countries if they want to become legal residents.

She said her amendment "will take the amnesty out of the bill and require that before a person can work in the country legally, if they are here illegally, they would have to go home and apply outside the country." Her plan would be to give the immigrant two years to leave after registering with the federal government.

Cornyn backed a similar proposal in a bill he sponsored last year.

Cornyn and Hutchison were involved in negotiations on the compromise bill, but aren't among the senators moving the bill.

Cornyn said he understands the business coalition's position and spoke with them Thursday.

"However, there are several aspects of the current bill that I'm very concerned about ... But I'm committed to improving this legislation to make sure we balance security with the needs of Texas employers," Cornyn said.

Hutchison said she rejects arguments that the millions of illegal immigrants can't be made to leave the country. "I think we can," she said.

J. Carnes, president of Winter Garden Produce in Uvalde, Texas, said the state already is seeing labor shortages. With the state's thriving economy, he said he has about half the workers in fields than he had in previous years and the number will continue to dwindle without reform.

"It's not just immigrants who benefit from work," he said. "If you have a farmer and rancher who employs immigrant labor all the businesses who supply that ranch or farm benefit from having those immigration workers," Hammond said.

The senators have previously found themselves in a dilemma with immigration legislation. Both voted for a bill mandating 700 miles of fence on the border, including some in Texas.

As government officials have begun contacting land owners about possible use of their land for the fence, those land owners, local officials and business leaders have protested, questioning its effect on their economy and binational way of life.

The senators responded to the protests late Wednesday with an amendment to the immigration bill that would mandate Homeland Security Department cooperation with local officials on the fence. The amendment, passed on a voice vote, was sponsored by Hutchison and co-sponsored by Cornyn.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: amnesty; cornyn; hutchinson; illegalimmigration; securetheborder; texas
Defend their cheap labour, destroy the country.
1 posted on 05/25/2007 5:22:46 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

2 posted on 05/25/2007 5:23:42 PM PDT by LFOD777 (In 2006, Washington spent $2.7 Trillion and ran a $248 billion budget deficit.)
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To: Baladas

>>A coalition of Texas businesses published an open letter....<<

A coalition of Texas traitors.


3 posted on 05/25/2007 5:26:47 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
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To: Baladas
"A coalition of Texas businesses published an open letter to Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn in Thursday's editions of The Dallas Morning News..."
I'd like to see a list of the coalition members.
4 posted on 05/25/2007 5:27:04 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead ("nothing gets figured out if you don't bother to stop and think about it", Thomas Sowell)
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To: Baladas
Hey, USA:


5 posted on 05/25/2007 5:27:09 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: Texas_Jarhead

“I’d like to see a list of the coalition members.”

So would I.


6 posted on 05/25/2007 5:29:02 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Baladas

Sounds just like the arguments that slave owners gave in Congress before the War Between the States. I guess there aren’t enough college kids for these employers to rip off to get their work done for sub-standard pay...boo hoo. They think it’s swell that they can employ illegal illiterates on the cheap and we Texas taxpayers pay through the nose for the their medical care, education for their pitifully uneducated children, and the ever-popular incarceration costs.
Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn better ponder the fact that there are far too few of these business owners to elect them next time they run.


7 posted on 05/25/2007 5:31:05 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Do we have a name of these companies, so I can make sure I don’t by any of their products?


8 posted on 05/25/2007 5:31:16 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Baladas

When did businesses get the right to vote?


9 posted on 05/25/2007 5:32:24 PM PDT by Glenn (Someone in '08!)
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To: Baladas
Here's the list of Texas cheap labor carpetbaggers:

Adams Insurance Services, Inc.
Associated Builders & Contractors of Texas
Associated Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Texas
Baldi Gardens
Beecherl Investments
Belton Area Chamber of Commerce
Bob Perry
Bowerbird Construction
Bud Smith Organization
Cameo Samples LLC
Cedar Creek Farms
Clearstream Wastewater Systems, Inc.
Contran Corporation
Corporate Facilities Management Services, LLC
Dairy Farmers of America
Emerald Garden
Excell Cleaning and Building Services, Inc.
Express Personnel Services
Federation of Employers & Workers of America
Four Seasons Sunrooms Design and Remodeling Center
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
GreenWay Lawn Care
Henry S. Miller Companies
Hunt Building Corporation
Hutchison Homes
IBTX Risk Management System
International Bank of Commerce
James Leininger, M.D.
Kenjura Tile, Inc.
Lawn Management Company
Landmark Nurseries Inc.
Loeffler Tuggey Pauerstein Rosenthal LLP
Lone Star Milk Producers
Manhattan Policy Institute
McAllen Chamber of Commerce
Mesquite Chamber of Commerce
Metro Blind & Shade Inc.
Mortellaro's Nursery, Inc.
North American Stone Company
Pape Farms
Phil Adams Company
Pilgrim’s Pride
Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
Powell Plant Farms, Inc.
Ran-Pro Farms Inc.
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sanderson Farms
Select Milk Producers, Inc.
South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
Southern Multifoods, Inc.
Southwest Property Landscaping
TawaKoni Plant Farm
Texas Agriculture Cooperative Council
Texas Apartment Association
Texas Association of Builders
Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Dairymen
Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Texas Citrus Mutual
Texas Cotton Ginners' Association
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association
Texas Package Store Association
Texas Pork Producers Association
Texas Poultry Federation and Affiliates
Texas Restaurant Association
Texas Retailers Association
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas State Florists' Association
Texas Travel Industry Association
Texas Vegetable Association
The Honorable Dolph Briscoe
Turfgrass Producers of Texas
Tyson Foods, Inc.
West Texas Plants
Wester Landscape Management
Wilhite Landscape and Lawn Care, Ltd.
Winter Garden Produce

10 posted on 05/25/2007 5:34:41 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The only illegal immigration bill should be the one from Greyhound Bus Lines for services rendered.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

No different that crack dealers in my eyes. Both are criminals who do damage to society.


11 posted on 05/25/2007 5:34:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: LFOD777

I was looking for that image “Gringo de Mexico” so I can mail it to the RNC. Have you mailed it to any GOP fundraiser addresses?


12 posted on 05/25/2007 5:36:12 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
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To: Baladas

Since I am in Texas and don’t agree with these “Business Men” (Scum) I’ll make it easy for them to work with less of a work force by not supporting or buying products from them. That way they don’t have to hire illegals and wreck our country. If they stood up for CITIZENS I’d pay MORE for their goods and help them support the USA. I buy only US Cars, I try to only buy US Products if I have a choice.

Anyone have a list of the people who sent this open letter? Or their companies


13 posted on 05/25/2007 5:36:13 PM PDT by King_Corey (A King is Sovereign of his life and not a slave)
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To: Baladas
Here is the carpetbagging website:

Texas Sellouts

14 posted on 05/25/2007 5:36:50 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The only illegal immigration bill should be the one from Greyhound Bus Lines for services rendered.)
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To: Baladas
"It's not just immigrants who benefit from work," he said. "If you have a farmer and rancher who employs immigrant labor all the businesses who supply that ranch or farm benefit from having those immigration workers," Hammond said.

Now he knows how the plantation owners felt after emancipation. And they are illegal immigrants, not immigrants.

15 posted on 05/25/2007 5:38:25 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Texas_Jarhead

As would I, who are these people who urge shamnesty behind anonymity?

Hmm, LOL, but I bet if someone checked the Federal Election Committee’s filings for this quarter, we would no who was backing this and how much they were paying the Senators.


16 posted on 05/25/2007 5:39:31 PM PDT by padre35 (we are surrounded that simplifies things-Chesty Puller)
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To: Baladas
The senators responded to the protests late Wednesday with an amendment to the immigration bill that would mandate Homeland Security Department cooperation with local officials on the fence. The amendment, passed on a voice vote, was sponsored by Hutchison and co-sponsored by Cornyn.

That will ensure the fence never gets built. No surprise there.

17 posted on 05/25/2007 5:40:37 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Baladas
When Texas has been taken back into Mexico, these businesses are going to really suffer in oh so many ways.

In my part of Texas, we "gringos" are now outnumbered as it is.

18 posted on 05/25/2007 5:44:27 PM PDT by YellowRoseofTx
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To: TADSLOS
Well, for starters , until this is settled

1 No eating out at SPI, or spending a penny there

2 No Pilgrims pride or Tyson and will limit the beef

3 No hotels, No Florists, No Restaurants

19 posted on 05/25/2007 5:44:47 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Texas_Jarhead

“businesses would face a labor shortage”

There always is a “labor shortage” for these people.

What it really is is a “pay shortage.”

If we “face” in the future a specific identifiable shortage, we can craft bills later.

The “business” do not like supply and demand, and fair bargaining.

They want the senators to juice their profits now and quickly.


20 posted on 05/25/2007 5:45:24 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: CindyDawg; All
Send an e-mail to these self serving bastards here:

Contact Us

21 posted on 05/25/2007 5:48:45 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The only illegal immigration bill should be the one from Greyhound Bus Lines for services rendered.)
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To: Baladas
As government officials have begun contacting land owners about possible use of their land for the fence, those land owners, local officials and business leaders have protested, questioning its effect on their economy and binational way of life.

I've got news for these protestors. We don't want a binational way of life! One nation under God, remember?

22 posted on 05/25/2007 5:55:47 PM PDT by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: King_Corey

I am a Texas resident too. I was interested in this list. If the one posted before your post is accurate, is is a bunch of “eye wash”. Take out all the Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Institutes, etc and you cut it down to half size. I recognize several “liberal” names on the rest.

The best some of these can promise (threaten??) is to try to INFLUENCE voters. Most on the list would vote Democrat anyway.

I think posting a list of about 80 REAL VOTERS saying the opposite would counter it quite nicely! This is being done in calls, emails, and faxes to the good Senators right now. I think this is a propaganda piece or a smokescreen.


23 posted on 05/25/2007 6:37:08 PM PDT by coldoc
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To: TADSLOS
The Texas Association of Business, mentioned in the above article, is one of groups that was providing the money for Tom DeLay's efforts in Texas re-districting.

Recall the fallout over that and Ronnie Earle, the Travis County DA?

Its a small world. Those evil Texas Businessmen who put the GOP in control of the Texas Legislature are now those evil Texas Businessmen supporting immigration reform.

24 posted on 05/25/2007 6:48:25 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Baladas

They get rich off their cheap labor while the taxpayer gets screwed.


25 posted on 05/25/2007 6:50:58 PM PDT by moreisee
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To: Ben Ficklin
Those evil Texas Businessmen who put the GOP in control of the Texas Legislature are now those evil Texas Businessmen supporting immigration reform.

Pushing the issue of re-districting doesn't give them an automatic pass on pushing amnesty legislation for illegals for their own economic gain.

26 posted on 05/25/2007 7:05:09 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The only illegal immigration bill should be the one from Greyhound Bus Lines for services rendered.)
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To: TADSLOS

I know we’ve been doing alot of emailing and calling lately........We also need to write the ‘Fox News Channel’ this weekend and fill up their boxes explaining we need coverage on the Senate Amnesty Bill...This week was pathetic...

Fox needs to do this in two ways.

1. Interview ppl that are part of the sessions.

2. And give explanations of what the current bill does in an honest way............


27 posted on 05/25/2007 7:31:18 PM PDT by msnpatriot
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To: TADSLOS
Here's the list of Texas cheap labor carpetbaggers:

I wonder how many votes that translates into.

28 posted on 05/25/2007 7:35:50 PM PDT by Spirochete
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To: Baladas
We hope both Republican senators from Texas would get behind this bill. We think it's a unique opportunity and we need to finish the job," said Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business and a board member of Texas Employers for Immigration Reform.

In his prior life, Mr. Bill Hammond would have made a great southern cotton grower. King cotton and slavecheap labor, yes sir, a real fine man Mr. Hammond. SAC off

29 posted on 05/25/2007 7:49:05 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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And give explanations of what the current bill does in an honest way............

I think our govt owes us some serious explanations. I suspect that deals have been made between govt, business interests and worst of all foreign govts. The bills are finally coming due but the deals were never valid because they were done without the consent of we the people. Some honesty could go a long way toward redeeming themselves but they should forget about any promises they made because that American people shouldn't pay for promises we didn't make.
30 posted on 05/25/2007 7:55:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Shermy

When there is a shortage of product produced by farmers, oil companies, or any other business, their first move is to raise prices. However, when there is a shortage of labor, they seldom consider solving the problem by raising the price paid for that commodity. I fail to see how any business should be guaranteed an unlimited supply of cheap labor.


31 posted on 05/25/2007 8:38:11 PM PDT by etcb
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To: Baladas

Well, we can boyott every business that hires illegals. I’m not above going into a restaurant or hotel, etc. and asking if all of their workers are documented.


32 posted on 05/25/2007 8:43:47 PM PDT by no dems ( Dear God, how much longer are you going to let Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd live?)
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To: Texas_Jarhead
I'd like to see a list of the coalition members.

You and me both. Surely it's public record. Did the Dallas Morning News print the names of the businesses?
33 posted on 05/25/2007 8:45:17 PM PDT by no dems ( Dear God, how much longer are you going to let Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd live?)
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To: CindyDawg

Sanderson Farms is a chicken company too, just not as big as Tyson or Pilgrim’s Pride. Guess chicken is off my list too. Good thing I like veggies.


34 posted on 05/25/2007 9:33:20 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: Baladas

“Hell, we need them wetbacks, boy! Ain’t no white man gonna work for $4 an hour!”


35 posted on 05/25/2007 9:38:48 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TADSLOS

It looks like their server melted down due to a whole lot of Texans checking out who is selling us down the river on amnesty. Keep the pressure on.


36 posted on 05/25/2007 11:55:07 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: YellowRoseofTx

I’m wondering if the hired help at Crawford Ranch is legal. Any McLennan County Texans on the ping list?


37 posted on 06/02/2007 8:42:29 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: kittymyrib

I got an e-mail from Cornyn, asking for support for his re-election. I told him, and the RNC - no money until amnesty is defeated.


38 posted on 06/02/2007 8:50:01 AM PDT by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: wayoverthehill

I don’t care much for chicken. I don’t buy anything from Tyson because of ties to the toons. Bo Pilgrim and his huge mansion in Pittsburg has been known for years as having LOTS of illegals working in his plants.


39 posted on 06/02/2007 8:55:21 AM PDT by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: mathluv

I won’t buy Tyson either for the very same reason!


40 posted on 06/02/2007 6:51:31 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: TADSLOS

bttt


41 posted on 06/02/2007 6:54:10 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: Ben Ficklin

Thanks for the information!


42 posted on 06/02/2007 6:55:57 PM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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