Saturday, January 28, 2006

I Actually Agree With Tancredo

He's "hailing" the settlement of a lawsuit against a U.S. company that hired illegal aliens.
The $1.3 million settlement, announced late Monday, was the result of a lawsuit filed against top executives of Zirkle Fruit Company of Selah, Washington, using the RICO organized crime statutes.

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Court documents show that as late as 2004, more than 12,000 of Zirkle’s employees—70 percent of its workforce—gave phony Social Security numbers on their employment applications. A Zirkle employee noted that the documents the company accepted were obviously fraudulent...

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“Employers lobby Congress to keep our borders open and the cheap labor flowing. Cheap labor is only cheap to the employers: as this lawsuit shows, working Americans suffer real wage losses due to illegal, unfair competition,” said Tancredo.

Where we still disagree is the solution.

For instance, instead of building a wall and shutting down the border, end NAFTA's unfair trading and business practices and create a huge worker program -- with a system for employers and immigrants to find each other, transportation from the border to the workplace, and housing -- which allows many more immigrants in the U.S. to work, requires fair pay and taxation, and allows immigrants to earn citizenship.

Just an idea.

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