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Should Kansas create a program to help some illegal immigrants remain in the state so they can work jobs in agriculture and other industries with labor shortages?

Response Percent Votes
63% 411
36% 232
Total 643


kernal 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm really curious to see how many Americans will take those jobs. Maybe those who are on unemployment could take those jobs the immigrants are leaving behind. Beats sitting on their duffs and watching TV all day while whining they can't find work.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 2 months ago

I agree with kernal. We pay many to work for cash and sit on their butts for 99 weeks. Make them do something for that money and I'll bet you could not find a job flipping hamburgers.

labmonkey 6 years, 2 months ago

My father and great aunt went to California in the 50's to pick fruit when times were down... too bad nobody in this entitled age has that same mentality now.

chootspa 6 years, 2 months ago

Well said. I think there should be a process for amnesty, but it shouldn't be at the expense of those going through the proper steps from the start.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

We need to know which companies are behind this.

fearthetaliban 6 years, 2 months ago

Look at the major Iowa immigration raid at the meat plant two years ago. The employer STILL can't get native born Americans to work there.

gccs14r 6 years, 2 months ago

Maybe if he offered more than $6 an hour....

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

"Farmers can get all the legal workers they want through work visas."

You must know something those who have tried to work within the system don't. Please tell me how---there are a lot of people who would really like to know.

usnsnp 6 years, 2 months ago

This is like Kansas government having it both ways, get rid of the illegal but keep some to do manual labor for bad wages and no benifits. As for why do unemployed people not take theis jobs could it be that many are not physically capable of doing this kind of work, because many of them are over the age of 50. How many of the people making comments could do this type of work.

Alexander Smith 6 years, 2 months ago

LOL Labor shortage?? There is no labor shortage, the issue is that Americans are to lazy to do those jobs because they feel they are above it and should be paid 50k a year...for no experience.

As an example, we were filling a IT position and we had one person, fresh out of college and a honor student with NO expericne in the work field. When asked what pay he is looking for he wanted min of 50k. ???? Now we wonder why our jobs are going to other countries?

Katara 6 years, 2 months ago

How many illegal immigrants do you get applying for IT jobs here?

Outsourcing (which is legal) is not the same thing as hiring an illegal immigrant.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Labor shortages?

Millions are out of work? Where is the labor shortage?

Sorry folks but like Wal-Mart illegal immigrants keep wages down in a community.

Ian Brown 6 years, 2 months ago

Reading comprehension. Merrill was stating that Wal-Mart simply keeps wages down in the community, just like the hiring of illegal immigrants keeps wages down.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 2 months ago

The facts are pretty clear, in cities in New Jersey, Arizona and a few other areas that have worked hard to drive out illegal immigrants....they are hurting and hurting bad.

The stores were not ready to deal with the loss of thousand of shoppers

The apartments were not ready to deal with hundreds of vacancies.

Gas stations, car dealers, neighborhood markets all started closing due to lack of customers

Local sales tax, property tax coffers fell dramatically

Farmers have crops rotting and can not hire enough people at any price.

Now I know the faux newzies wish to rewrite reality, but that is what makes them the joke, but unfortunately our economy is the punchline.

kawrivercrow 6 years, 2 months ago

Solving the problem of unchecked and rampant illegal immigration won't be easy or happen without adaptation over time.

Regarding the rotting crops: Thanks to liberal ideology, we have trained a few generations of some Americans to be professional benefit recipients. It will take a while to wean them from this sociological addiction and let them learn to be productive citizens again. They'll work when they're hungry enough...just like the rest of us. Likewise, those employers will have to learn to be competive with their law-abiding cohorts without thumbing their noses at the laws. If a few unprepared agriculture corporations lose a few crops because the couldn't quickly adapt to legal business methods...well, that's just too bad. Hopefully, they will have learned their lesson.

Regarding the apartments, gas stations, bodegas, etc: Those that relied on illegal aliens for their commerce did indeed suffer, as well they should. They should have not been in business anyway if their existence was serving a population who shouldn't have been here to begin with. Would you lament the loss of ephedrine sales tax after we bust a meth ring? There is categorically NO difference here.

pace 6 years, 2 months ago

Our Senators Moran and Robertson, and the congress should get off their pedestals, and work. They should pass a working visa act. Attach to it hefty fines and jail terms for industries and people who consistently hire illegally.

kawrivercrow 6 years, 2 months ago

"They should pass a working visa act"

We have the most liberal immigration policies on the planet. We have no ceiling on H2-A visas. The employers are simply acting as unpenalized scofflaws because being a scofflaw has no penalty. I agree with you on jailing employers for failing to follow existing laws.

pace 6 years, 2 months ago

I do not think your assessment of our current immigration laws are in any way accurate. They need revision, they are not working. I find your assessment a good sound bite, just wrong. They are not working, unless you are an industry or boss looking to use illegal labor to cheat American workers, cheat their illegal hires. Or if you are the sort of racist who hides behind the immigration issues to exercise their disgusting prejudices in public. I also do not support the idea the laws are not working simply because they are not being enforced. That is a popular lie. Finding one or singular incidents of up picked fruit doesn't mean much. One needs to look at the body and how it is really working. Repeating the lie doesn't make it true, it just sells it.

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