There are somewhere between 11 and 20-Million undocumented workers in the U-S, and their numbers are steadily growing.
The proposed legislation would build a wall along the entire length of the U-S / Mexican Border – and criminalize the presence of every undocumented person in the country…now a misdemeanor. The bill’s been passed by the House, but not in the Senate.
Wendy Vasquez (BASS-kez) is vice president of the United Latino Immigrants of Florida - a newly formed group advocating for the rights of the state's illegal immigrant work force. She says the proposal would criminalize more than just the illegal aliens.
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“And also they are going to criminalize you if you are in contact with illegal aliens. If you want to help illegal aliens through organizations, through churches…any entity that’s going to help migrant workers that are illegal in this country are going to be criminalized.”
The proposed bill would also give local law enforcement the power to act as immigration officers.
Critics say illegal workers take jobs away from legal ones. But Vasquez says although there’s a shortage of field laborers in Florida – no locals are showing up to fill those jobs.
Friday, 24 February 2006 00:00
ImmigrantsWritten by Mike Kiniry