This is the second post for “The Way Forward”:
What I have attempted here is to give employers a process for meeting their needs even as border security measures are being constructed. Not that this process will still not result in a mass legalization of foreign workers. That will be held in abeyance until such time as the border measures produce significant results such as a 50% reduction in the number of illegals apprehended in the 100 mile zone closest to the
To participate in this process employers must present irrefutable evidence of their need for foreign workers. This evidence shall be verified by state employment offices and union hiring offices. The verification process consists of copies of the advertisements posted in trade journals and state employment offices offering a fair wage by American standards and a hiring preference for citizens and copies of all of the applications received by and certified by the state employment office. Applications submitted directly to employers are not acceptable. Employers will also present evidence of the efforts they have made to hire the handicapped and the unemployed citizens on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. The names of any welfare recipients who refuse employment offers will be forwarded to the State and County Departments of Social Services for appropriate action.
What constitutes a fair wage shall be determined by local unions in concert with the U.S. Department of Labor. In recognition of the critical timing associated with the harvesting of crops, this review and advertising process will be initiated will in advance of the harvest season and expedited by the state employment office. Qualifying foreign workers will be issued a machine readable biometric ID that specifies the type of authorized work as “agricultural, horticultural and cattle ranching. Other employers are prohibited from hiring these workers.
Employers may assist foreign workers in preparing an appeals where deportation of appears imminent.
Employers will be responsible for any unreimbursed health care costs of their foreign workers and their families. Every foreign worker or family member who appears at a hospital or emergency room will be required to identify the workers’ employers for subsequent billing purposes.
Employers are responsible for verifying the immigration status of all of their employees and will be held accountable for any illegals in their employ whether or not they were knowingly hired.
Falsification of evidence in support of an appeal of a deportation order or in support of an employment application by either the illegal or his employer will subject him to a fine of not less than $5,000 or one year in jail.