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Ag. leader seeks waiver for illegal immigrants

January 29, 2012


— Facing pressure from large dairies and feedlots desperate for workers, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a federal waiver that would allow companies to hire illegal immigrants.

Rodman has met several times with officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about launching a pilot program that would place employers and illegal immigrants in a special state-organized network. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the goal is to create a legal, straightforward manner of organizing existing immigrant labor.

So far, Homeland Security has neither approved nor closed the door on the idea.

Now, a coalition of business interests is preparing to push the idea in Topeka. Details are expected to emerge this week about a bill establishing the outline of a state-managed worker program. Operating in cooperation with the federal government, it would link sponsor companies with illegal immigrants who have been in Kansas a minimum of five years and have no criminal background.


Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

"Rodman is seeking a federal waiver that would allow companies to hire illegal immigrants."===Ah ha. Finally an honest approach? From the crops rotting in the fields and on the trees across the country, it appears Americans are not flocking to all these jobs the illegals have taken from them. We need a partial amnesty (a la Ronald Reagan and GW Bush) and a reasonable guest worker program to settle things down. Pretenting we can deport them all is a fantasy.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 3 months ago

But you too are mixing metaphors. Pretending we can deport all 12 million is a fantasy, you are correct. However, suggesting they are taking jobs American won't do is at best a half truth. They work the trades in the tens of thousands, not only taking jobs Americans certainly are willing to take but the also depress the wages of legitimate American workers. And don't forget, the amnesty that was pushed in 1979 was a "one time" amnesty. Just what message would be sent if we had another amnesty now? Clearly, it would embolden even more illegal immigration, everyone trying to get in for the "next" one time amnesty. Hints of honesty are better than outright deception. A baby step in the right decision.

deec 6 years, 3 months ago

Then quadruple or more the fines for hiring illegal aliens, and hold the CEO's and Boards of Directors personally financially and criminally accountable for hiring them.

gudpoynt 6 years, 3 months ago

cognitive dissonance in the heartland

Pete Nachbar 6 years, 3 months ago

WHERE IS KOBACH ? NO AMNESTY , Send them home . The double standard and hypocrisy is sickening . We, KS, take away the kids food stamps, The parents are considered illegal , The kids are Legal Yet, We want their illegal parents for cheap labor . THE KANSAS CHAMBER ERR KOCH BROTHERS Chamber and other Pro Business Groups need these illegal workers. How about paying a decent and fair wage to a KS Worker or American citizen. Our Pro Life Governor and his Party are more than willing to take some kids food stamps or his health benefits to look the other way to protect his Big Business Donors

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