Does The Recent Decision By SCOTUS To Uphold The Employer Sanction Law Really Hurt Undocumented Workers?by Carlos Galindo on May. 26, 2011, under Uncategorized
The Unites States Supreme Court just upheld the employer sanction law in Arizona. As I was browsing through the latest news feeds I saw a comment from Russell Pearce in the Arizona Capitol Times.
Pearce today cheered the court’s decision.
“This is a huge victory for America and the American worker. It is a defeat for the open-borders, profits-over-patriotism crowd. It is a death penalty for employers who continue to hire illegals and displace American workers,” he said in a written statement.
Wait a minute folks! Let’s examine today’s decision. Could Pearce be barking victory way before his horse is checked for fractures of the legs which will not allow it to run in a race ever again? I think this decision could very well place that anti-Immigrant horse out to pasture, or it might even have to be put to sleep. Imagine these Republican politicians attacking their financial base. They recently received a reprimand from sixty CEO’s concerned about Pearce and his cronies advancing anti-Immigrant laws, imagine what wrath he’ll suffer now that the idea is to sanction the very people that fund the Republicans in Arizona.
Keep in mind that there are some corporate funded activists in Arizona that will scream bloody murder and attempt to incite other pro-Immigrant activists or the Latino community to react adversely to this decision, but I sure hope they stop and think this one out.
Does the upholding of the employer sanction law change anything for the undocumented worker? NO! What it does is end the hypocrisy of these wealthy companies and employers who have funded anti-Immigrant Republican campaigns and call themselves Republicans based on their “capitalist” views, while they hypocritically employ undocumented Immigrants to work for low wages and long hours in sub standard conditions.
I guarantee you, that if they go after the employer, they will also scream bloody murder, and, they will threaten to withhold campaign funding, and, hell, they’ll probably even scream for some sort of Immigration Reform. They will insist that they be given some type of temporary work visas for their employees, claiming they specialize in a certain profession and that they are sorely needed, or better yet, they will insist on a change to allow them to have sufficient employees. A change you say? To the hiring policies of undocumented workers? The only way to accomplish that is through a reform of the existing laws, specifically Immigration laws. Hence the term Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Let’s identify the real problem. It’s not the undocumented employee, it’s the non law abiding employer. Let’s start putting the pressure on the employer to do what’s right for the employee.
Many of you have bought in to this rhetoric of protecting the employer by being opponents of the employer sanction law. Tell me, how could it be worse for undocumented workers?
What I witnessed yesterday was devastating. 108 people detained for deportation. Every one of those people were potential and probable employees. In all likelihood there were jobs waiting for those poor souls who fought insurmountable odds to arrive to this country.
We have to keep in mind that there exists two virtual signs in the U.S., one on the border reads, “Immigrants wanted for employment, no experience needed.” Further inland another sign reads “Immigrants wanted for deportation and exploitation through the private prison industry, no experience needed.”
Let’s stop giving the employers a pass and let’s deal with them exactly like the undocumented employees have been dealt with. I’m not even saying criminalize the issue yet, I think yanking their license and shutting them down will get their attention pronto. Then sit back and watch change come to America packaged as Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Carlos E. Galindo is a radio talk show host & political analyst conducting radio shows in both English and Spanish on four radio stations in Arizona. Mr. Galindo is a weekly contributor to KPFK 98.7 FM Los Angeles and has appeared on CNN, Univision and Telemundo as a political analyst. Mr. Galindo is also an Op-Ed columnist on Prensa Hispana Arizona. www.nospinonair.com/http://www.carlosgalindo.com
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