As of 2010, there were an estimated 200,000-plus undocumented immigrants working in Arizona. The left-leaning Center for American Progress found legalization would create an extra half billion dollars in tax revenue for Arizona.
A bi-partisan group of California leaders filed an initiative that would establish a pilot program for undocumented workers, which would require them to pay state income taxes.
From their performance, it was clear that both men saw undocumented immigrants as less than human. Each referring to undocumented workers as an "illegal."
To accelerate job growth, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that prevents local government from forcing employers to use the often-criticized E-Verify system to check immigration status on employees.
Whatever you think about the immigration policy in the United States, there is clearly the law and then there is reality. The question is: Can the U.S. economy really function without undocumented workers?
Over 50 farmers gathered with a couple of their local legislators at Jack's Truck Stop in Good Hope, Alabama where farmers at the meeting told their lawmakers that they can't find the supposed workforce that anti-immigrant legislators said existed but just couldn't work because of the presence of the undocumented workers.
Arizona’s immigration laws were designed to drive undocumented immigrants out of the state by levying punishments on Arizona businesses that hire undocumented immigrants. The laws seem to have accomplished this immediate goal, but they have done so at the expense of Arizona’s economic recovery.
California is poised to nullify immigration enforcement ordinances in about a half dozen Inland Empire cities – and to continue to buck a national trend – by restricting the use of E-Verify, the national online database used to check the immigration status of workers.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up legislation tomorrow that, while advertised as vital to fighting illegal immigration, in reality will move America closer to a form of national ID and will put the feds in even greater control of businesses across the country.
When it was established in the late nineteenth century, Labor Day was intended to honor the American working man. Yet a great deal of our menial labor today is performed not by American citizens but by undocumented migrant workers—many of whom risk their lives in thousand-mile journeys simply to get to the United States
Over the next four decades, Latinos are projected to account for more than two-thirds of this country’s population growth. Yet the current Latino unemployment rate remains unacceptably high at 11.3 percent. The President and I agreed that Congress must act now to help the nearly one million Latinos who’ve been looking for a job for six months or more.
Google, Goya, Yahoo, Intel, and Levi Strauss are iconic and uniquely American brands. Most people don’t know that all were founded or co-founded by immigrants. Our current economy needs to be fostering success stories like these. But just as important: we also need to foster the successes of countless immigrants who mow our lawns, build our roads, clean our offices and harvest our crops.
The West should be more welcoming to migrants—there’s competition from the East for them
"Unfortunately, it is an HR nightmare," said Jay Reed, the president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama when talking about E-Verify. He said if his members aren't up on the complicated new requirements, it could cost them thousands of dollars in fines.