Immigration bill shouldn't become law

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2007

Improbable as it may sound, the immigration bill currently before the U.S. Senate makes it illegal for any employer in the United States to hire any person, including U.S. citizens, without obtaining the permission of the federal government.

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Let me say it again and more plainly: You won't be able to get any job unless the federal government says it's OK. This requirement would apply to all employers 18 months after $400 million has been wasted setting up the program necessary for this travesty.

It can, however, be required of some employers even before that time. If you want to read it for yourself, you can find the bill on www.thomas.gov. It's Senate Bill 1348, section 274A(a)(1)(B) and (d), in Title III.

I am appalled that any legislator would consider such a thing, let alone vote for it.

This is what totalitarian states do. It has no place in American law. In all likelihood, the resulting "no-work list" will be as inaccurate as the "no-fly list" has been. This bill is on the Senate floor and scheduled for consideration Monday.

Whatever you think of other provisions of the immigration act, please let Rep. Don Young and Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens know that this provision should not become law.

Pamela Finley

Juneau



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