We are happy to announce good news! Kansas Representative Louis Ruiz introduced the KANSAS COMPACT. Last year we contacted his office and asked him to support the KANSAS COMPACT and we are happy to hear he has done just that.
Thank you, Rep. Ruiz!
From the National Tequila Party Movement, an Arizona-based Latina organization:
Latino Group Applauds Kansas Rep. Louis Ruiz for Introduction of KANSAS COMPACT
Phoenix, AZ — The Tequila Party Movement (a non-partisan Latino female-led political movement) is indebted to Kansas Representative Louis Ruiz for introducing the KANSAS COMPACT today. The KANSAS COMPACT sets the immigration tone towards a healthy discussion. The birth and idea of the KANSAS COMPACT is a direct result of our foundress stepping in when (R-KS) Rep. Virgil Peck made a dangerous and controversial statement when he advocated controlling illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled — with hunters shooting from helicopters.
Unfortunately Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has communicated falsehoods with regard to immigrants and we are surprised he is asking small business owners and farmers to increase wages during a time they are just able to keep their heads above water. Tea Party supporters appear hypocritical as we do not see them criticizing Kobach’s larger government ideas due to his support of bureaucratic additional measures and burdens imposed on small businesses via national e-verify.
According to the CATO Institute, “Without immigrant workers, the most likely scenario is that we would simply produce less agricultural output as a nation. This would mean not only a direct loss of manual, on-the-farm jobs but a ripple effect of job losses in upstream and downstream sectors such as management, processing, packaging, distribution, and marketing. According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 3.1 related jobs off the farm for every job on the farm. Eliminating the on-farm jobs would put at risk many more jobs paying middle-class wages and employing native-born American workers.” CATO Institute research also shows that when immigrants move in, Americans move up.
We are asking all Kansas Republicans and Democratic legislators to support this important KANSAS COMPACT resolution before the State of Kansas learns the horrible mistakes of Georgia, Alabama and Arizona that has cost these states millions of millions of dollars and left farmers at a state of emergency. Georgia and Alabama enacted laws that penalized illegal immigrants recently; now the two states are learning about the power of unintended consequences.
(Above) Kansas Rep. Louis Ruiz talks to Governor Brownback regarding KANSAS COMPACT in March 2011