can expect an onslaught of criticism from factions who
view illegal immigration on the basis of culture or
race. Many pro-illegal immigration groups use
rhetoric designed to stifle debate on the real issues
of rule of law, crime, costs, and other negative
impacts of illegal immigration. We must continue to
reject their diversionary tactics and remain on issue.
To remain on issue consider the following:
bills include modest, reasonable provisions to
address the problem. For example, the E-verify
provision requires only that contractors to state
and local governmental entities verify the legal
status of workers. The provisions are not as
broad as the Arizona legislation that requires
private employers to verify legal status of
workers. The incremental approach to first
require the state and cities to obey the law is a
limited measure that makes sense.
our federal government has failed to enforce
immigration laws states rightfully need to take
action. Contrary to the myth
perpetrated by the
pro-illegal immigration factions, immigration
enforcement is NOT the exclusive authority of the
federal government. The courts have consistently
upheld the authority of Arizona and Oklahoma
laws that regulate licenses under their control.
Indeed it is the responsibility of all levels of
government to adhere to the rule of law in the
protection of everyone in our country.
E-verify provision will level the playing field
for businesses that contract to the state and
cities instead of the current situation where
unscrupulous businesses are
the livelihood of law-abiding businesses.
properly addresses the core problem of illegal
immigration - the job magnet.
to prohibit Sanctuary Cities is a reasonable
provision to stop Florida cities that blatantly
prevent law enforcement officers from
reporting criminal aliens to federal
authorities. In a democracy this practice can
not be defended.
to prohibit illegal alien hiring halls is a
reasonable provision to prevent Florida cities
from blatantly sanctioning the expenditure of
public funds to promote the illegal hiring of
unlawfully present foreign nationals, to the
detriment of taxpayers and workers.
provisions such as verification of immigration
status of persons confined for DUI or BUI
protect EVERYONE including citizens, immigrants
(legal by definition), illegal aliens (alien is
not derogatory but is a proper legal term) and
Combined efforts of concerned citizens and various
groups have been effective in advancing these bills
forward to this point. There will be significant
challenges ahead so your continued involvement is
needed to reach our final goal of passage of a good
April 3, 2008