A number of states have introduced legislation that would revoke or suspend the business license of an employer that employs illegal immigrants or illegal aliens. The states vary on how they define "business license". Some provide no definition while others define it as any authority by a government agency to allow a business to do business. Many of these bills provide the employer protection for using the e-verify program, which is not currently available.
Below is a list of the states and the bills that have been introduced along with a brief description.
The first phase of a new state law designed to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants by government entities takes effect Jan. 1. Other phases that apply to private businesses will get underway in mid-2009.
Over the next year and a half, South Carolina gradually will begin pushing all employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's e-verify program, a Web-based system run by the federal government.
Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot.
Illegal immigrants make up a tiny portion of the 7.1 million people in federal housing, according to government statistics. But authorities may be unaware of thousands more, and critics say no illegal immigrant should get housing benefits.
The issue made headlines in November with news that Zeituni Onyango, an aunt of President-elect Barack Obama, was living in Boston public housing while in the country illegally.
Posted at Michelle's:
If you think the bad economy has “solved” America’s immigration problems, welcome to your end-of-the-year reality check. It’s certainly true that illegal crossings from the south are down and that many foreign workers are returning to their native lands as work dries up. But border chaos, haphazard enforcement, massive backlogs, and deportation negligence remain the order of the day.
A half-million citizenship applications have been pending for more than nine months. Some 700,000 illegal alien absconders — fugitives from deportation like Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango — are free. An estimated 4-5 million illegal visa overstayers from around the world remain in the country. Both Big Business and left-wing ethnic groups have colluded to prevent an employer verification program for workers’ citizenship status from getting implemented nationwide. And the borders are still largely borders in name only.
Read the rest here.
From a news release I received today:
Today 710 KURV joins the massive effort to petition President George W. Bush to commute the sentences of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean before he leaves office.
710 KURV believes that these decorated agents have been punished enough for the shooting of an admitted and now convicted drug smuggling illegal alien.
President George W. Bush has already granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the sentences of two more.
710 KURV is asking you to sign our Ramos/Compean Commutation of Sentence Petition and join forces with national leaders such as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).“Ramos and Compean have been living in the torture of solitary confinement for almost two years for something they never should have been prosecuted for in the first place,” said Rohrabacher.
To get your name added to the petition, go to KURV.com and click on the Ramos/Compean Commutation of Sentence Petition. You’ll also find a list of a number of locations in the community that will have petitions to sign, or just stop by the 710 KURV studios located at 1201 N. Jackson, Suite 900 in McAllen, TX.
710 KURV is the Rio Grande Valley’s only News/Talk radio station.
“We feel like we had a big stake in the election and that’s what prompted this historic [hispanic] turnout,” said Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza. The advocacy group did wait long to begin publicly pushing the new president-elect to recognize this support with key White House and Cabinet positions.
“At some point in the first term we would definitely expect to see an effort to move responsible immigration reform,” Ms. Murguía said. “It would be a big mistake not to act on this important priority.”
With Michael Steele being mentioned as a contender for Chairman of the Republican National Committee, those interested in border security may be curious to know his record. Although Steele's former position as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland did not provide him with many opportunities to directly improve border security, it bears noting that he has been an outspoken advocate of securing the border.
The American people are fed up and won’t be misled again. This Congress will be judged on their actions, not their words.
Congress must stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our border. Once we know who is in our country then we can take the next step in immigration reform.
The supporters of the current Senate legislation have stated that “triggers” are in place that prevent a “pathway to citizenship” until the borders are secured.
Let's be clear: the safety and security of Americans should not be subject to the whims of a "PC" mindset or feel good legislation. Americans are expecting thoughtful and responsible leadership that will not only clearly define the threats we face, but understand what they are in the first place.
Governor Spitzer's [drivers' license] plan is not a cause for celebration by the left or by the right; it is just plain bad public policy. When grappling with the important issues, Americans want elected leadership to put aside partisan politics and just make the right decision. The non-partisan public outcry that has accompanied attempts by politicians to grant some form of amnesty to illegal immigrants supports this fact.
As published in the Frederick News-Post Aug 8, 2006
Steele opposes amnesty for undocumented workers because he said the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 encouraged more than 12 million undocumented immigrants to flood the United States over the past 20 years...
Steele said Congress' priority should be border control before it should tackle the problem of undocumented immigrants already in the country. "If we're out on the Chesapeake Bay and we spring a leak, what are we going to do, bail water or stop the leak?" he said. "When you stop the leak you have the peace of mind to deal with the water that has accumulated in the boat."
To the Baltimore Sun:
Q: Discuss your views on immigration reform, particularly with regard to undocumented aliens already in this country.
A: ...Until we see Congress take some real and immediate steps to secure our borders, we can hardly expect Americans to seriously consider proposals for dealing with those illegal immigrants already in our county and those employers who fail to adequately report them. Nearly 1.2 million people were arrested trying to illegally enter the U.S. through the Mexican border last year alone, and an estimated 500,000 evaded capture. This is unacceptable. When a patient has a serious laceration, the doctor's first priority is to stop the bleeding, and then they can decide if simple stitches or surgery is needed to fix the problem for the long term. First thing's first: secure our borders and then we can deal with meaningful immigration reform.
Via Cape Cod Today:
BOSTON – Earlier this week, Representative Jeffrey Davis Perry (R-Sandwich) announced his plan to file comprehensive legislation dealing with illegal immigration here in the Commonwealth. The package, to be filed at the beginning of the next legislative session, will include; a measure to limit public taxpayer funded benefits to illegal immigrants, strengthen the laws as they relate to driving without a license, allow immigration status to be a factor in bail proceedings and a bill to strengthen voter registration by requiring identification.
(KFI - Los Angeles) The L.A. City Council's public safety committee held a hearing Monday on the L.A. Police Department's immigration enforcement rules, and it included a rare City Hall appearance by former LAPD Chief Darryl Gates.
Councilman Dennis Zine had promised a public discussion of the police department's "Special Order 40" following the murder of an innocent teen by a suspected gang member authorities said was in the United States illegally. That order generally prohibits officers from questioning a person's immigration status on the street.
Via ABC 2:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- An immigrant rights group is suing Anne Arundel County officials seeking information about the role of county employees in an immigration raid in June.
Silver Spring-based CASA de Maryland filed the suit Wednesday alleging that the Office of the County Executive and the county police department failed to respond to a Maryland Public Information Act request made six weeks ago for documents related to raids at Annapolis Painting Services and 15 homes that resulted in 45 arrests.
A Mexican immigration official was arrested Sunday at the Lukeville port of entry on charges of trying to smuggle marijuana into the country.
At about 5 p.m. Sunday, officials pulled over a 2002 Dodge pickup truck driven by Francisco Enrique Celaya-Carrillo at the Lukeville port of entry in Southwestern Arizona, a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney's Office shows. They found 167 pounds of marijuana hidden in the spare tire and gas tank, the complaint shows.
[There was] a federal immigration raid Wednesday afternoon at multiple dairy operations in Veblen.
27 people were arrested: the result of a three month investigation involving 6 law enforcement agencies, including federal immigration and customs enforcement.
13 of the people arrested face identity theft charges tonight while the other 14 are accused of being in the country illegally.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday suspended a program that allowed some of its jailers to act as immigration officers after a county commissioner complained the agency had not gotten permission to implement the plan.
The sheriff's office first sought permission from Commissioners Court in July to participate in ICE's 287(g) program, which trains local law enforcement officers to help identify illegal immigrants. Commissioner Sylvia Garcia asked to postpone a vote on the county's agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it never appeared on another agenda.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has fined a kosher meatpacking plant nearly $10 million for alleged wage violations.
Agriprocessors in Potsville was targeted in May in an immigration raid and has also been accused of child-labor violations.