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Posted: April 27, 2010 2:44 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Our illegal immigration problem reminds me of the story about a woman who was constantly chasing ants in her kitchen.

She cleaned and even hired an exterminator, all to no avail. One day her mother came by, looked and said, "Darling, if you take the sugar off the table the ants will go away."

So, what is the sugar? Jobs. We need to do what Arizona has done. The state has laws that if a company knowingly hires undocumented labor, the state will pull their business license, effectively putting them out of business.

From what I understand, the result is that undocumented workers have left the state in droves.

This all may sound a little harsh, but the reality is undocumented workers do not pay state or federal taxes. They are not covered by work's compensation, because you must be in the country legally to get a Social Security number. They don't pay into Social Security.

OK, some have stolen identification and may be doing this, but that is the exception, not the rule - and oh yes, another violation of the law.

When a company playing by the rules tries to compete with one that hires illegal immigrants, it is at a distinct disadvantage. It may be true that some things are less costly, but we end up paying for it in the long run.

To resolve the illegal immigration problem, several things need to be done.

Locally, laws must be passed and enforced that will pull the business license of any business that hires undocumented workers. The federal government must secure our borders.

There must be a federal overhaul of our immigration laws so workers who are properly screened can come here with a legal work permit where applicable.

Such a permit would require all taxes and fees be paid. This would help to eliminate the abuses many undocumented workers endure because they would be here legally.
Santa Clarita can do very little about this. The city does not issue business licenses; the county does. All the city can do is ask the branches of government that have control over these things to do their jobs.

In part, the city did just that recently by passing a resolution to support seven different bills being considered in Congress. I would like to see the city pass a resolution to the county and state regarding business licenses.

If it is working in Arizona, I see no reason why it won't work here. According to what I have read, the Arizona laws have been tested and upheld by the courts. Then there is always the question, "Do these other branches of government have the will to do their job?"
For those who will ask "Why are you picking on the undocumented worker?" I have to answer, it is true they are not the entire problem, but they are significant part of it and you must start somewhere.

We cannot keep paying money to people that do not pay in. I welcome anyone who comes to this country legally.


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