According to Tim Bueler, a national observer of the illegal immigration fiasco in the U.S., a new Arizona state law to require employers to verify the immigration status of employees is being blamedand creditedfor chasing illegal aliens out of the state. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2008.
A similar Oklahoma law requires the deportation of arrested illegal aliens and is already prompting an exodus from that state, according to Bueler.
The Arizona and Oklahoma developments are the result of state actions launched when a brokered plan in the U.S. Senate to create a path to legal residency for the millions of illegal aliens in the country collapsed, he said.
Vermont is not immune to the illegal immigration crisis. Over 2,000 illegals are currently reported to be in this state. For a small state, thats a big number of illegals. We hear anecdotal reports about many illegals who have become a burden on the states social services (without being legal taxpayers to benefit). But what to do?
With that said, first, lets graciously welcome all legal immigrants to Vermontwhatever their nation of origin or ethnic heritagebut at the same time, lets press Vermont legislators to consider a state law that will end the harboring of illegals, primarily at work within some of our agricultural and construction businesses.
The excuse we hear from these employers, that Vermonters wont do the work, is no longer a credible response. Vermonters want to work but we refuse to be exploited, indentured servants. Many Vermont businesseswhether in agriculture, construction, or elsewheresurvive and thrive without a single illegal alien on the workforce. How do you explain that fact? We think something else must be going on here. Maybe employers who hire illegals are the real problem?
If our federal government is incapable of solving the illegal immigration problem due to a lack of courage to enforce its own laws or due to political pressure from special interest groups within their home states, then its time for state legislatures to step up to the plate and follow the lead of Arizona and Oklahoma.