Friday, September 15, 2006

Cranley's View on Immigration and the Fence Idea

For background on Chabot's short-sighted views on immigration, click here for the old post.

While Steve Chabot recently voted to add more fence along the thousands mile long U.S.-Mexico border (HR 6061), John Cranley has a more encompassing view of the situation. From his website:

Republican Congress Should Quit Playing Election Year Politics and Fix Border and Employer Problems Now - 9/14/2006

Republican Congress Should Quit Playing Election Year Politics and Fix Border and Employer Problems Now

(Cincinnati -- OH-1) Congressional candidate John Cranley supports the House finally taking action to secure America on the Mexican border, but believes measures must also be taken to crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

While this Republican-controlled congress likes to give big talk this election year on immigration reform, the fact is that they have been protecting big business from the law and not fixing border security.


The Republican-controlled congress has failed to secure the border and has failed to enforce workforce immigration laws:

-- "Between 1999 and 2003, work-site enforcement operations were scaled back 95 percent by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently was merged into the Homeland Security Department. (“Illegal Hiring is Rarely Penalized,” The Washington Post, 6/19/06)

-- "The number of employers prosecuted for unlawfully employing immigrants dropped from 182 in 1999 to four in 2003, and fines collected declined from $3.6 million to $212,000, according to federal statistics." (“Illegal Hiring is Rarely Penalized,” The Washington Post, 6/19/06)

-- "In 1999, the United States initiated fines against 417 companies. In 2004, it issued fine notices to three."
(“Illegal
Hiring is Rarely Penalized,” The Washington Post, 6/19/06)

The Republican controlled congress should quit playing politics with this issue and bring forth solutions.

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