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Dizzying Intellect » New Rule! New Rule!

New Rule! New Rule!

So, Missouri passed some new legislation that went into effect on the first, and two of them are immigration-based. I’m very much pro-immigration, but still very anti-illegal immigration.

I don’t see why anyone should get to bypass the Indian coders that work with me, who’ve been waiting for years for citizenship, just because they’re sneakier and geographically closer. I don’t get why German and Welsh and Russian people, who do the paperwork and wait their turn patiently, are considered by the media and the left to be less important and worthy than those who break the law to get here. Hell yes, I want Mexicans here, but get in line like everyone else.

Especially here in Missouri, where the unemployment rates are skyrocketing, and companies like mine are having to lay people off by the thousands — right now, there are no jobs that “Americans won’t do.”

Anyway. Here’s the new legislation:

IMMIGRATION CHECKS
All public employers and those with private businesses with government contracts worth more than $5,000, receiving state loans or getting tax breaks must use the federal E-Verify database to screen new hires. Employers caught “knowingly” hiring an illegal immigrant risk losing their business licenses, unless they used E-Verify.

SANCTUARY CITIES
Cities are ineligible for state grants if they adopt an order or ordinance that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities, bars immigration status verification or declares illegal immigrants can live within the city.

Not much, really, but it’s a start. The E-Verify part doesn’t really affect anything but state jobs and private businesses with government contracts. But there are a few catches for private companies too: if you’ve been busted for hiring illegals in the past, you have to use E-Verify now. And if you’re caught in the future, you’re only in the clear if you already use the system. So there’s incentive to use it, at least. A step in the right direction.

The Sanctuary Cities part is quirky. We have a very low rate of illegal immigration here, less than 1% of the national total. But Kansas City has some dodgy rules and activities with questionable compliance. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes… Will they press, or won’t they? (Stay Tuned!)

1 Comment

  • By radix, January 6, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    That all sounds like commonsense. The federal system is going to tighten up too. Previously they didn’t make much fuss if the payroll SSN’s weren’t right. Business owners could and did just throw out the letters from the SSA. I’m not sure when it comes into effect, but in the new rules, they must resolve the issue within a set period of time or the fines begin.

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