Letters to the Editor

Immigration move

November 17, 2011


To the editor:

Sunday’s story “Legislature will have plate full of meaty issues” featured Secretary of State Kris Kobach arguing in favor of passing harsh Alabama-style “show me your papers” anti-immigrant legislation in the next session of the Kansas Legislature. We’re all frustrated with our broken immigration system, but disregarding our nation’s cherished values of justice and equality is unacceptable.

The Kansas Legislature listened to business leaders, local governments, social service providers, religious institutions and community groups in rejecting a similar proposal in 2011. Since then, the evidence that this is a very costly move has only grown with each state that has pursued this policy. In 2012, having learned from those who have gone before, Kansas should again put good policy-making above divisive politics. Let’s leave immigrants alone and focus on the other pressing issues before us.


Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

If you want to hasten America's transition to Third World status, keep the flood of illegal aliens coming.

Jimo 3 years, 10 months ago

Flood? Net immigration from Mexico is zero.

You see, immigrants come to work. If you don't let them come legally to work, they come illegally. If there is not work at all, then no one comes at all.

All the kindergartners have this figured out. Why not you?

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

"Net immigration from Mexico is zero." I'm calling wild blueberry muffins on that. By the feds' own estimate over 10 million illegals are in America now. Over 6 million came from Mexico. http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/immigration.shtm

Jimo 3 years, 10 months ago

"The number of Mexicans leaving home for the United States is just about canceled out by the number returning," -- The Propaganda Channel


Apologies humbly accepted.

Scott Drummond 3 years, 10 months ago

Severe penalties on the traitors who hire them in order to evade our laws should be a part of any such immigration reform.

jayhawkinsf 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, fines for employers of illegal immigrants need to be part of any immigration reform. But there is a huge problem that will be very hard to address. While big companies that hire many illegal immigrants make the news when found out and busted, that's not how most illegal immigrants are employed. Having lived in California for many years, a common sight was a group of illegals standing outside a hardware store or a paint store, waiting for someone to purchase goods and then offer their services for cash. Some would get hired by small independent contractors, some would get hired by individuals wanting small home repairs done, some would wait all day and not get hired. The most common practice was to pay in cash. Now take that scenario and multiply by tens of thousands, the number of hardware stores where this activity takes place. Enforcement on employers in situations like this will be extremely difficult. So difficult that a more efficient manner of controlling that behavior would be to crack down on the potential workers themselves as they are hanging around, not following them to job sites which may be individual homes where a fence is being painted or a new sink is being installed. A second major way illegals become employed is in small family owned restaurants, the kinds that employ 10 people. The two cooks and one bus boy will be illegals while the front of the restaurant workers will be "Americans". Enforcement here too will be very difficult. And of course this doesn't address those illegal immigrants who have no intention of working, mothers staying home, children, elderly relatives, etc. The big news makers, the major corporations that employ many illegals and then have squalid workplace environments make for good news stories. But I fear they are not the norm. They are a small part of the employer problem. They are the easier to fix part of the problem.

Brittanicus 3 years, 10 months ago


Every day now the House of Representatives are moving this most crucial of bills, to institute E-VERIFY--Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885.) It is political anguish to learn that Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) and many Democrats are withholding many other bills from reaching the Senate floor. Nevada is currently another epicenter for swarms of illegal migrants and immigrants who headed there to work, before the housing boom collapse. Senator Reid of all people should desire to begin the removal of illegal aliens, who have moved into the state and living of taxpayers. As of today they are progressing quite rapidly towards a ‘Balance Budget Amendment’ so that the federal government can at least in essence, establish a platform for keeping discretionary spending down. No matter how it hurts—as painful as it is-- we must start to reduce the 15 Trillion dollars, However, having to Repeat continuously a wearisome mantra, that this country has a colossal illegal immigration problem and that its emptying the welfare safety-net for the legal population falls on deaf ears, specifically in the Liberal section of Democrats. To telescope the estimated $113 billion (Heritage Foundation) dollar figure and climbing, so we must demand that both Democrats and Republicans sponsor these run away arrears.

The Liberal press or other media are continuous in not labeling the difference between a legal immigrant who has a working visa and an illegal alien who is a criminal fugitive who stole into America.


Phone the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121 and then undeviating callers to all House Representatives, accountable for moving Chairman Lamar Smith's ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (bill H.R.2885) to the House floor and enactment. Call the ‘Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) must adopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) and should be under ceaseless condemnation of challenging voters, as never before. In just over two weeks, American activists have added Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) John Sullivan (R-Okla.) Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) , Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)and as of November 17, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama) is now co-sponsoring House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885.) New members are rapidly joining this marathon bill. But don’t expect Liberals or career Democrats to attach themselves to this law. Eventually it will be the fresh faces of the TEA PARTY leadership that will bring success. ONLY 36MORE CO-SPONSORS TO APPROVE (bill H.R.2885.)

Brittanicus 3 years, 10 months ago

Once the policymakers endorse passage of a mandatory E-Verify law, then we can also approve a uniform ‘Guest Worker’ program similar in substance to the Second World War ‘Bracero’ program, allowing farmers and other Agrarian industries to hire foreign workers, but using a tracking system as other countries. This will include airport entrances of tourists, students and other persons so the visa overstays can be effortlessly locate if they abscond. Farmers will have to supplement their labor, with a reasonable wage, benefits housing and not allow their employed to become yet another financial weight on taxpayers as health care and children’s schooling. Additionally expedited visas should be approved for peak skilled occupations, that would like to immigrate from other lands, but introduce any restrictions including the border fence to prohibit any individuals—illegal aliens and criminals. States with massive concentrations of illegal aliens, have suffered financially, with California at the top with Nevada and Arizona following close behind. Then the Governors of Alabama, Georgia, South carina, Indiana have recognized the taxpayer’s money they could save, if they enacted police laws to deter more economic aliens from homesteading. The state Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer and other State legislators had the spine, to speak up about the failure of years of an inept governments to construct the border fence; in not prosecuting businesses who are the chief offenders that have encouraged the 20 to 25 million nationals living illegally in every state, including Hawaii.

The greater majority of the TEA PARTY approve of this legislation, to pass this legislation, so that no business is exempt from using E-Verify. That in violating this potential law could not merely be prosecuted with hard fines, but amputation of business assets and a term of imprisonment. We must impose a internal federal law, with recruitment of more ICE auditors to check that mandatory E-Verify is being implemented, to safeguard American workers jobs. With an estimated 8.2 million foreign nationals with jobs, to eject some from the labor force could make a huge dent in the 22 million legal workers who are unemployed.

Brittanicus 3 years, 10 months ago

If the illegal alien parent cannot find a job, then he/she will certainly benefit from going to his homeland, taking his spouse and children with him/her. This will indicate less overcrowded public education, medical care and a reduction in the prison populace. The TEA PARTY majority will vote to amend the instant citizenship for babies of illegal alien parents. The TEA PARTY will close loopholes and cut funding to Sanctuary cities or eliminate those ordinances. The Tea PARTY will not vote for any form of Amnesty and will amend the ‘Chain Immigration’ laws, which along with citizenship babies, unless one parent is a US citizen.

Activists have added almost two dozen new co-sponsors in the last two weeks in which Congress has been in session! Our best hope for reducing illegal immigration is Rep. Lamar Smith's H.R. 2885, the 50-state mandatory E-Verify bill. The bill would block illegal aliens from stealing jobs that Americans deserve--and cause them to start leaving the country.

Now we've got momentum for pushing this bill through. You probably remember that H.R. 2885 passed through the Judiciary Committee in July but has languished since, awaiting co-sponsorships from U.S. Representatives and behind-the-scenes approval from House leaders. A few weeks ago NumbersUSA asked pro-sovereignty groups, patriotic Americans and members to thrust your Representatives into co-sponsoring E-Verify. Results are flooding in now. We've gone from only 42 co-sponsors to 64 right now. That's huge progress! And more than 30 of these co-sponsors are committee or subcommittee chairmen!

Can Americans imagine the difference in America when every new employee is checked for the legal right to work in this country?

jayhawkinsf 3 years, 10 months ago

You're living in a dream world. I like it. Of course, it's not real. There is a significant under the table economy where both employers and employees conspire to defraud the taxman of their due. The simplest example would be restaurants where the wait staff do not claim "all" cash tips. We all know it's happening. So much so that frequently wait staff are excluded from minimum wage laws because with a wink and a nod, we know they're getting some extra cash under the table. Of course, the illegal immigrant cook makes his salary in cash, which in turn causes the owners of the restaurant to have two sets of books, one real and one for the taxman.
And the unlicensed contractor that hires illegals for cash, that's not going to change with e-verify. It's a huge industry and it won't change with some pie in the sky thing like e-verify. You would have better luck posting a speed limit sign and then magically expecting every driver to follow it because it's the law.

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