Over the past several years there has been much grandstanding by politicians over the immigration issue. While some of the politicians appear to be sincerely concerned over the issue, it’s my opinion that many are not. Clearly, the illegal entry of individuals from Mexico causes serious problems on a number of fronts and creates a drain on tax dollars. Nevertheless, there are a good number of companies, large and small, hiring Mexicans to work for them. While I hear that some of them may be in the country illegally, hopefully that’s not true.
A simple solution to the problem in Alabama – assuming there really is a major problem – is to pass a law making it a felony for the owner of a company to knowingly hire a person who is “illegally” in the United States. There is a bill in the Legislature that I understand does that and even more. I wonder how far the current bill will get during the session? I am told that the Mexican workers who are here legally are extremely hard workers and are earning their pay checks. It will be interesting to see how the Alabama Legislature deals with this largely “political” issue.
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