Thursday, January 05, 2006

Lou Dobbs: Illegal immigration has "crushing" effect on states

Gov. Pawlenty appeared on CNN last night to discuss illegal immigration and his recent proposal to help curb it, helping legal immigration in the long run.

During the discussion, Lou Dobbs said the illegal immigration is having a "crushing" effect on state governments. Obviously Dobbs knows what's going on a lot better than Mike Hatch, who believes that illegal immigration is a federal issue. Pawlenty on the other hand understands that when the federal government isn't taking action on the issue, the states must step up to the plate.

This interview was a great play by the Pawlenty administration, giving him a chance to get out there and explain his proposal. Pawlenty has emerged as THE national leader on illegal immigration reform.

In an e-mail sent out last night, Gov. Pawlenty further outlined his view on illegal immigration.

Our nation has been built on immigration. It's an important part of our history and our future. However, illegal immigration is a disservice to those who have come to America legally. Concerns about illegal immigration will erode support for legal immigration. We need an immigration system that is legal, orderly and reasonable.

Cities across Minnesota have experienced illegal immigrants involved in drug trafficking, sex crimes, falsifying legal documents and Medicare fraud.

That's why I'm proposing Minnesota stop ignoring this problem and start dealing with it. We can get started by creating an Illegal Immigration Enforcement Team to help enforce the laws we already have.

Then we can strengthen our laws and penalties for those who use false identification documents or employ illegal immigrants.

Finally, we can make sure that law enforcement has the ability to determine someone's immigration status. Some cities currently prevent their police from doing this.

The challenges posed by illegal immigration are complicated and difficult. By dealing with them now, however, we can help make immigration orderly and beneficial to our communities. (Source: Pawlenty for Governor E-Mail, Jan. 4, 2006)



At 10:56 AM, Blogger Ron Franscell said...

From blogger Ron Franscell at http// ...

If CNN's Lou Dobbs were the U.S. Secretary of Labor, would America start working again?

Well, maybe. But that's just one of the 10 productivity-enhancing suggestions in this morning's LA Times op-ed piece by Joe Robinson, author of "Work to Live." While Lou Dobbs has certainly been a familiar face in the crusade against outsourcing and the "forgotten middle-class worker," Robinson's other nine suggestions actually make sense ... which is why they probably won't get any traction in today's American business climate.
After his nomination of CNN's Dobbs for a Cabinet post, Robinson's other nine suggestions include:

-- Restore the 40-hour workweek. "Almost 40% of us are working more than 50 hours a week, not exactly what the Fair Labor Standards Act intended when it set the 40-hour workweek in 1938."
-- Establish workplace rules for e-tools ... including no work emails being sent to a worker's home.
-- Allow more telecommuting.
-- Legalize vacations. "Almost a third of American women and a quarter of men don't get any vacation leave anymore because, unlike 96 other countries, the U.S. has no paid-leave law."
-- Provide guaranteed sick leave.
-- Support a living wage. "With the skyrocketing costs of gas, food and rent, an increase in the minimum wage is long overdue."
-- Tighten the salary test. "The explosion of salaried employees — now 40% of all workers (including a huge jump in salaried caregivers) — is without doubt having major repercussions on divorce rates, child care, civic responsibilities and drug sales. Wake up and smell the Paxil."
-- Provide paid childbirth leave to all working Americans. "Only 40% of American workers are eligible for the 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, and fewer still are brazen enough to actually take the time off."
-- No more back-patting. "This year, make a point of not supporting workaholic martyrs ('I worked all night! I came in on the weekend!' 'Really? How lame.') who don't drive productivity but stress everyone around them. "


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