Media Consortium: Big Business Dictates Immigration Policy -- At Workers’ Expense
Media Consortium has a brief review of developments in the evolving sotry about harsh anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, Utah and other states. It contains links to primary source stories on various instances of current "hard" reform legislation initiatives. It seems that businesses and unions are pushing back. Which leaves one to wonder who or why is the legislation being pushed so vigorously.
E.g. in Arizona, Julianne Hing quotes a letter from business leaders to AZ Senate President Pearce:
Last year, boycotts were called against our state’s business community, adversely impacting our already-struggling economy and costing us jobs. Arizona-based businesses saw contracts cancelled or were turned away from bidding. Sales outside of the state declined … It is an undeniable fact that each of our companies and our employees were impacted by the boycotts and the coincident negative image […] Arizona is looking like a nativist, restrictive and intolerant place, and that’s bad for business.
From Minnesota SEIU come some choice words directed at the federal I-9 verification program:
Under the leadership of Secretary Napolitano the federal government has become an employment agency for the country’s worst employers. With each I-9 audit, the government is systematically pushing hardworking people into the underground economy where they face exploitation… Let’s be clear: I-9 audits, by definition, do not go after egregious employers who break immigration laws because many of them do not use I-9 forms. Human traffickers do not ask their victims for their social security cards.
The Media Consortium appears to be a clearing house for independent media, so its not the usual stuff we get from the main stream. Worth bookmarking and following.