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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

KENTUCKY HOUSE CONSIDERING BUSINESS LICENSE LAW

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The bill is actually pretty broad. It would

- allow immigrants to be charged with identity

- require employers to use E-Verify

- allow the state to suspend business licenses of employers hiring unauthorized workers

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    While the antis may be losing the battle when it comes to the candidates to the WH. They state and local governments are certainly carrying on their agenda.
  2. janible's Avatar
    And here comes the specter of felony charges, again. What the ignorant of our country don't understand, or refuse to consider, is that a lot of those who come here looking for work don't know the legalities of the issue. Yes, they know coming without legal papers is against the law, but they have also been told that there is work up here, waiting for anyone who is willing to work hard and they will be paid 8-10 times or more than they can earn at home. A lot just don't know that our Social Security numbers are something special. They often think they are just numbers we get in order to work.

    Where it gets confusing is that many of them are less aware that working itself is illegal without legal papers. When they come here, at some point somebody like a "coyote" will tell them that, in order to work, they will need work papers. But no problem. For a hundred dollars or so, they can buy the needed papers. And for most of them, those papers are used for work, not living the good life on someone else's credit cards, etc.

    The papers they get sometimes have fictious numbers, associated with no one else's Social Security card. Sometimes the numbers have indeed been stolen. And frequently, the Social Security numbers have been sold to the dealers by American citizens who would rather get some money for a quick fix, than have a valid Social Security card with which to go to work. I also suspect numbers like that are sold to many different people.

    To make a blanket judgment and call the use of a fake ID a felony is a bit much. Those who say people are liable to all laws are correct to a point, but it gets dicey when the punishment doesn't allow for any discussion. And I do find myself wondering if Kentucky is planning to stake cops out around UK to catch the college students using fake IDs to go drinking. Their understanding of the law hopefully is better than a nonEnglish-speaking person's, but when they are using false documents, it should be considered a felony just as much as it would for some poor woman who is working hard to help her family survive, back in the country from which she came.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    Well if the fake document doctrine your are preaching will apply the same for the people drinking using the fake ID as well as the ones working using a fake SS numbers I guess the better make a lot jail cell space for the college students and the migrant undocumented workers. As to SS being special we do not see the federal authorities complaining thet theu un-match SS fund grows at $7 billion dollars a year in unmatch number contributions from these fake numbers and that they already have more than $100 billion dollars sitting on that fund collecting interest. Some how I do not think this is about preventing identity theft although they are trying to label it that way but its more about pushing the anti-immigrant agenda just like in many other states.
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