Skip to comments.Statement Regarding Immigration Reform Proposal
Posted on 01/29/2013 1:04:08 PM PST by Kimberly GG
I have been in contact with Senator McCain regarding the now released immigration reform ideas presented by his working group of Senators. I am pleased that there is expressed recognition of what we have been saying in Arizona: immigration reform will not succeed unless and until we have achieved effective border security. If this occurs, it would be a triumph for the rule of law and a testament to the united voices of Americans from across our country who have been clear in their call for the federal government to uphold its duty to secure the border.
Our nation cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past by pursuing immigration reform before tangible and effective border security, particularly in the Tucson Sector, is completed. That is the lesson of the last major immigration reform effort in 1986. The promise of border security was broken, and Americans - especially in border states like mine - have been paying the price ever since. We must not and will not let that happen again.
In the weeks ahead, I will review the specific details of this immigration plan when proposed in actual legislation. I am hopeful that the immigration system is reformed in a manner that combines the rule of law and human compassion, while strengthening the United States competitive position in the world.
In the meantime, Ill be speaking with Arizona ranchers, business leaders and other residents of the border region, as well as law enforcement. I will continue to talk with those on the front lines and I will make sure their voices are heard. I am committed to do everything within my power to make certain our federal government finally upholds its obligation to secure Americas borders.
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My very best,
Jan Brewer Governor of Arizona
Can’t tell you how disappointed I was to read this....of all people, Jan Brewer....who next? Sheriff Joe?
Illegals are nothing but government growth hormone.
Anyone who supports amnesty and calls themselves a conservative is a liar.
Eleven million new union members. The union thugs must be loving this. The silver lining is, when fruit pickers and landscapers are being paid 35 bucks an hour, Americans will probably start competing for the jobs the illegals have been doing.
This canard is getting old and I wish we could get past it. When I first joined the Border Patrol in 1985 we had 2,300 agents to cover the entire US both northern and southern borders.
Today we have over 21,000 agents and we are still catching about the same number of aliens and being just as effective.
The reason enforcement does not work is because our underlining immigration policy undermines it. Our policy encourages aliens to break the law and offers no disincentives to doing so.
Adding another few thousand agents will achieve nothing.
What will work and have an instant effect on border security is the full implementation of E-Verify and everyone in DC knows it.
During IRCA, the last comprehensive immigration reform in 1986, border apprehension slowed to next to nothing overnight and stayed that way until it became apparent that the US Government was not going to enforce the employment provisions of the law.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been playing this game on us for years. When they say they are for more border security what they really mean is that they are only for enforcement AT THE BORDER which they know doesn't work and can't work with all the encouraging incentives they have put in place.
80 to 90 percent of illegal aliens come here for jobs. Take the jobs away and they will not come as we saw in 1986.
The 21,000 agents we have is plenty if they could focus on the remaining 10 to 20 percent of criminals, smugglers and potential terrorists who will come anyway. Its not hard to convince the 80 to 90 percent that no jobs will be available.
All we have to do is stop giving them free stuff.
They will then self-deport.
“What will work and have an instant effect on border security is the full implementation of E-Verify and everyone in DC knows it.”
E-Verify relies on Federal enforcement. It also requires all employers to get Federal permission to hire. This is a good thing?
What’s stopping the Federal government from preventing political enemies from hiring people?
E-Verify isn’t your friend. It’s a great tool for the federal government to encroach on fundamental freedoms.
Let’s be honest here - it’s the employers that are at fault. If employers didn’t hire people in the first place, they wouldn’t be coming. There is a labor demand for illegal aliens because:
1, they don’t have to be reported as employees. If you don’t have to pay taxes on hiring them, that makes them substantially more attractive than Americans.
2, they tend to do more for less. The economic incentive is there for them to be hired because they offer competitive benefits.
3, non-Union labor, the list goes on.
The real problem is number 1. It is so hard to hire someone legally, that there is great incentive to get around the law in order to get people in to actually get work done.
Eliminate the following:
1, union labor requirements.
2, taxes on hiring and registered employees. If the employer doesn’t have to pay for the legal employees, right away, you take away their incentive to hire people ‘off the books’.
I have heard exactly zero discussion of this point anywhere, especially from conservatives. It’s because the taxes and government intrusion into the hiring process is so high that illegal immigrants are attractive. E-verify just increases the intrusion.
I have to respectfully disagree, the process could be completed in seconds.
In order to make any profit a business must be able to deduct the cost of labor which is why E-Verify should be part of the tax process. If you have 10 employees you are deducting labor costs for then you are going to have to have 10 corresponding E-Verify numbers to go along with them.
If you want to hire illegal aliens go a head you just will not be ale to deduct your labor costs and you will be at a significant competitive disadvantage to your lawful competitors.
Why would I hire illegal immigrants? It’s easy enough not to if you do due diligence. The problem isn’t businesses ‘accidentally’ hiring illegal immigrants - the problem is businesses hiring them to obtain a competitive advantage.
Sure, E-Verify is cheap and so is mandating E-Verify. But - what’s to stop your competitor from circumventing the process? It all relies on federal government oversight and there’s nothing in the constitution that gives them that power. If the federal government is unwilling to investigate businesses to confirm compliance, then we are back to square one. In fact, the more businesses that conform to E-Verify, the greater competitive advantage one would obtain by circumventing the process.