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Senate leader: Caution on immigration

December 7, 2007

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— While some key House members are calling for sweeping measures to crack down on illegal immigration, Senate President Steve Morris is urging caution.

"We need to be careful," Morris, R-Hugoton, said. "This is a complicated issue, and we don't want to do something that will shoot us in the foot."

Morris said he would oppose measures that seek to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants.

He said he has spoken to companies in his western Kansas district about the difficulty in determining someone's legal status.

"They bend over backwards to check and double check," he said.

In the House, state Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, has said she will introduce a package of bills on illegal immigration.

One of those would be to revoke the business license and impose fines on businesses found to have knowingly employed an illegal immigrant.

Landwehr noted that Oklahoma has enacted legislation against illegal immigration.

"Kansas must take action," she said. "If we don't, not only will we see a tremendous increase in the number of illegal immigrants here, but as Kansas taxpayers, our taxes will go up dramatically to pay for the escalating financial burden on our schools, social services and hospitals."

Many of Landwehr's proposals are similar to the Oklahoma law, which took effect last month.

That law provides penalties for knowingly and willingly harboring illegal immigrants, and prohibits public health benefits to illegal immigrants, except in medical emergencies.

The law also requires public employers to run worker identification through a federal verification system, and it cuts off in-state tuition for illegal immigrant students unless they can prove they have applied for citizenship or plan to in one year.

Kansas has an in-state tuition law that benefits illegal immigrant students who have been in Kansas at least three years, graduated from a Kansas high school and promise to seek citizenship. Landwehr said it's possible she will seek to rescind that law although several attempts to do that in the past few years have failed.

Comments

bd 8 years, 2 months ago

Looks Like you are the first on your list BOZO!

toefungus 8 years, 2 months ago

Just shoot the immigrants in the foot. That will at least slow them down.

BrianR 8 years, 2 months ago

Sneaking over the border should not be viewed as immigration. Entering properly is immigration, sneaking in is illegal. This is the most idiotic debate I've seen in this country in a long time. Anyone coming over the border illegally should be shot, those coming in legally should be welcomed and given every opportunity this society has to offer. The very idea that we're not guarding our borders in the post 9/11 world is insane.

bd 8 years, 2 months ago

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imastinker 8 years, 2 months ago

toefungus -- they're driving now. For proof see the uninsured motorist charge on YOUR insurance.

Confrontation 8 years, 2 months ago

"This is a complicated issue, and we don't want to do something that will shoot us in the foot."

So, don't take an illegal home with you.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

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jonas 8 years, 2 months ago

"Anyone coming over the border illegally should be shot"

Wow, sneaking the border should be a capital offense? The same as serial-murder, more than rape? That's an interesting viewpoint.

janeyb 8 years, 2 months ago

Illegal immigrants are ILLEGAL. And as long as states give those here ILLEGALLLY jobs, drivers licenses, in-state tuition, better health care than many US citizens, etc., why go through the process of coming here legally? We can't round up millions of people--and many of them are great people--and send them back home. Therefore we have to make it uncomfortable to be here ILLEGALLY which, Mr. Morris, means making it more difficult to get jobs. In turn that will mean punishing employers who hire illegal immigrants. I am glad that Mr. Morris is showing us that failure to crack down on illegal immigration is equally shared by the Republicans and the Democrats.
I read a story, I think in the New York Times, about a family who came to the US and sent enough money home to Mexico that they were able to open a restaurant. Then they had to close the restaurant, because everyone in the village decided to go to the US to also become prosperous--hence no customers. The article also mentioned a family that was trying to put together $300 to send to a family member in Oklahoma City, because his brick-laying work had dried up due to the housing crunch, and they figured he might as well come home. Illegal immigration is about finding jobs, and we need to take away the jobs.

BrianR 8 years, 2 months ago

"Wow, sneaking the border should be a capital offense? The same as serial-murder, more than rape? That's an interesting viewpoint."

Perhaps we could fire off a terse memo?

Ruben 8 years, 2 months ago

We do not have an illegal immigrant problem ! We have a mass invasion look immigration up !! The reason Some Elected Government Officials are more interested in Not upholding Our laws is to Obvious they are Controlled by Corporate America and all other Corporate lobbyist....We do not have a labor shortage we have a Cost of living problem Most employers pay far less to there legal employees when you compare the legal wages to your cost of living but lets not for get Corporate America is to blame For past Slavery in this country and For enslaving Very young Children in INDIA China Africa South America ext

I have worked for many Kansas Construction Companies that pay less then $250 a week and pay illegals tax free Cash Money under the table and never pay state or federal taxes

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