Thursday, May 11, 2006

Separate Immigration Issues Should Not Be Mixed

The Tennessean has a report today on a federal crackdown on pallet manufacturers that hire illegal immigrants. No doubt, most bloggers who address the story will focus on the impropriety of those employers doing so.

While I don't disagree that it is wrong to intentionally hire illegal aliens, I want to focus on a different issue related to the article itself. The report intertwines the issue of employers that intentionally hire illegal immigrants with that of employers that hire any immigrants at all. Those are two entirely separate issues, and the mixing of them is both improper and disturbing. It is legal, ethical, and appropriate for employers to refuse to hire workers without proper documentation of their legal status. It is quite something else for employers to refuse to hire any of a group of people who are in the country legally.


Blogger Kat Coble said...

I fear that by demonising employers too strongly we run the risk of papered immigrants being phased out of legitmate work.

The isssue that is seldom addressed is how many illegal immigrants are working on forged paper. Employers could very easily begin to hire no immigrants in order to limit their liability.

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