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OUTRAGE OF THE DAY: POLITICAL GAMES IN COLORADO DESTROYING THAT STATE'S ECONOMY

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I happened to have been in Colorado this week and it's a gorgeous state full of good people. I happened to be staying in a hotel just down the way from the state capital building where some pretty interesting lawmaking has been going on. Colorado, home to everyone's favorite xenophobe Tom Tancredo, is one of the early states to launch a serious crackdown on unlawfully present immigrants. And that had the effect of causing a mass exodus of workers from that state.



Now the state is paying the price. Several months ago I reported on how the state was raiding prisons to find laborers to work the farms. Things are so bad that a couple of legislators are now proposing a state guest worker program. Too bad that would be unconstitutional, but it does show just how desperate the state is.



By the way, thanks to TX for sending me this link.



[UPDATE: The AP reports this afternoon on fears of farmers nationally that they are in major, major trouble as a result of the crackdown.

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  1. The Avenger's Avatar
    Some people are just too stubborn to listen. Well, there you have it. The question is, are other states going to learn from this? I'm afraid the answer is no because this is all political games not common sense. For all I know, Arizona is the next state to make a fool of itself. I live in AZ, and I'm already seeing the consequences of the new law to take effect on January 1st. People are leaving to other states, I know this for a fact. Stupid is as stupid does.
  2.  TX's Avatar
    Avenger, what states are people going to? I know NM is immigrant friendly, don't know about TX anymore. I guess these states are achieving their goals of getting rid of the undocumented, now they will pay the price, and I hope one day, beg to have them back.
  3. INSpector's Avatar
    2 years ago I was living in the High plains, in a little town in Colorado Named Lamar, almost at the state line with Kansas, I was working for a Bus manufacturer.

    The area was mainly farms in the sea-land all depending of Immigrants or migrants communities, I was impressed to see how Walmart/Safeway was depending on the commerce of those immigrants.

    Some time later this comapny broke and I moved to NC, it was sad to see how that town in Colorado collapsed, my ex-company was giving employment to 5000 families....

    Now the town is giving incentives to maintain the people there, one of my friends from Mexico told me that farmers are seeking help so desperately and they are offering protection against the MIgra......

    Interesting fact. Lets see what is going to happen in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Indiana rural communities.

    Taka care....
  4. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    From what I know, WA is pretty immigrant-friendly. Lots of immigrants, Asians, Hispanics, Canadians, Europeans, you name it.

    Funny, when I was looking for a job, a recruiter called about a nice position in Denver, and I just flat out refused to hear about it, because CO is not an immigrant friendly state, and though I rarely happen to be harassed by law enforsement, I would rather not pay for others to be harassed.
  5. TX's Avatar
    Legal and waiting.....I admire you for refusing the CO job. It is honorable when one thinks of more then just themselves, especially those who tend to be less fortunate then us. I wish more of us immigrants would join together to fight the common cause. Thank you for doing that.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    I think this shows that California, Florida, Arizona and Texas should be worried. These states are all too dependent on Immigrant workers and their industries will be hit in some fashion. May be this is the lesson needed to finally come to terms with CIR. Too bad that we have to add this pain to the pain already in the economy caused by the Housing bubble picture is not going to be pretty. Also I guess the SS Administration will be missing the $7 billion dollars annually from un-match SS numbers just sitting there collecting interest for the government. These are interesting times a head.
  7. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Thanks for the kind words, TX. Let's hope the industries reliant on immigrants will exercise enough pressure to move the laws forward.
  8. 's Avatar
    add this to the plummeting stock market, anyway day laborer attacks is on the rise here, I never thought I will see this situation in our day in age, hate is more tolerated than undocumented.
  9. 's Avatar
    So Colorado needs a guest worker program? Perhaps Tancredo can get behind the creation of a new immigration department to provide and track immigrant farm workers. Such a department can be called -

    USDUI - US Department of Undocumented Immigration
    USDILL - US Department of Illegal Immigration
  10. LEGAL IMMIGRANT's Avatar
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    The unfortunate part is that when a town/state gets tough illegal immigrants, it also becomes tough/annoying for law abiding legal immigrants too. Being a legal immigrant in CO, apart from facing usual "I-hate-you" look, I have had difficulties in even getting a Driver's License here.

    Also it does not make things any easy having people like Tom Tancredo who will hate any immigrant person, legal or illegal.
  11. LEGAL IMMIGRANT's Avatar
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    The unfortunate part is that when a town/state gets tough illegal immigrants, it also becomes tough/annoying for law abiding legal immigrants too. Being a legal immigrant in CO, apart from facing usual "I-hate-you" look, I have had difficulties in even getting a Driver's License here.

    Also it does not make things any easy having people like Tom Tancredo who will hate any immigrant person, legal or illegal.
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