July 2, 2007, - 12:07 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Friday, I told you how Illegal Alien Amnesty advocates are not taking two NOs for an answer. They are pressing on for passage of portions of the Amnesty bill–including in-state and even free college tuition for illegal alien college students and increased numbers of agriculture and high-tech job employee visas.
As I’ve told you before on this site, I oppose both because they are rampant with fraud and rarely investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). One of the 1993 World Trade Center perpetrators, Mahmud Abouhalima, was here on an agricultural worker visa. Yet, he worked as a New York City cab driver . . . and as a terrorist. As for high-tech workers here on H-1B visas, we know many of those are here fraudulently because they are hired by companies advised by law firms, like Cohen & Grigsby, on how not to hire qualified Americans. I showed you video of this law firm advising employers on how to get around the law and not hire Americans (you know, the ones who “just won’t” do the jobs or “aren’t qualified”).
Today, USA Today has more on the persistent big business illegal alien amnesty pushers and pimps:
WASHINGTON – The business community is already pushing to resurrect portions of a wide-ranging immigration bill that died in the Senate last week.
Among the priorities for business are provisions to allow more highly skilled workers into the country each year and expand programs for farm workers.
“We’re going to have to go back and see how many things from the bill we can pull out and get fixes,” says Angelo Amador, director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who also said his group would push to give undocumented students who have been raised in the USA a chance to earn legal status and finish their education.
“At the very least a fix for a year or two while we work on comprehensive reform is needed,” Amador said.
Amador added that businesses face increasing immigration raids and new legislation at the state and local levels.
And this is a bad thing because . . . ?
With the [immigration] bill apparently dead, the technology industry will back a more targeted measure increasing the number of annual H1B visas for highly skilled workers. The visas are issued for up to three years but can be extended. The bill would have raised the current cap of 65,000 to as many as 130,000. The industry now will push for an annual level as high as 195,000 annual visas – a number allowed several years ago.
“We’ve got a lot of companies who want to create a lot of new jobs and keep a lot of good people in the country,” says Ralph Hellmann, a senior vice president of the Information Technology Industry Council.
The American Farm Bureau Federation will continue pushing for a farm worker program, probably more expansive than the one in the failed bill. That program provided a path to legalization for about 1 million current agricultural workers and made it easier to use a guest worker program.
“It’s an issue we’ve been working on for a long time – we’re not going to stop,” says Paul Schlegel, director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation.
So, the farmers are not going to stop pushing for more illegal alien workers. Well, what are they doing to push for increased Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation into fraudulent farm workers like Abouhalima?
Answer: Nothing. Just staff my farm. Worry about national security, yourself.
And these aren’t mostly small-town America farmers with small farms. They are mostly greedy, giant corporate agri-businesses who are no different than the others who want cheap, unAmerican labor to boost profits even further.
Meanwhile, how about an immigration bill with just enforcement in it? How about an immigration bill with penalties for the Secretary of Homeland Security and Assistant Secretary over ICE for not doing their jobs and enforcing existing laws?
If they can’t pass those, we don’t need any other expansions of who gets in to America and gets to stay.
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