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Cost of not having immigration reform
Cost of not having immigration reform

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AIR DATE: March 9, 2011

Arizona, and many more states across the country, are pushing forward with their own immigration laws. They're frustrated the federal government is not doing something about the issue. We'll look at the latest bills in Arizona's legislature as well as debate the true cost of having so many undocumented workers in America.

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AZ State Rep. John Kavanagh, R-District 8
Michael I. Meyerson, Prof of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
Darrell M. West, VP and Dir of Governance Studies at Brookings

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Illegals working at an establishment that requires social security cards,have withdrawals frorm wages of a SS# that is phoney. The illegal never gets to use the benifits but those monies do support the SS system.
Thomas ArbanasMar 9, 2011 10:10:06 AM
If we are allowing "illegal" to be a choose as to obeying or not we are on a very slipper slope. We are a country of majority and laws. It the law is up popular then change it if it is against the Constitution then judge it. But allowing a chose as to obey or not to obey will equal ciaos.
RogerMar 9, 2011 10:04:59 AM
This is Alda Anderson again. i forgot to mention that I completed my BA, MEd and law degree all while working as a teacher of the hearing impaired. I am a member of the D.C.Maryland and Nevada Bars.
Alda A. AndersonMar 9, 2011 09:59:42 AM
I am an immigrant from Jamaica. First in my family to come to U.S. Became illegal after student visa expired. I subsequently brought about 20 family to U.S. Now one is a nurse with a BA; one is a medical doctor, one has a MA from Hopkins and teaches in MD One is certified paralegal, HR specialist with a Masters. One with a BA works for public radio/tv in D.C. One witha MA is a social worker in UK. One is bank VP in VA. One works at Airport in DC. I am a lawyer. One has four houses. I have four houses. At least seven other family members own their home. All work. None on welfare. I know an illegal couple She is in nursing school works as a nurses aide. Husband is a certified electrician. They own their home and have 2 American born children. I know numerous other illegals who have gotten degrees and own property. We all pay taxes. My father, now 92, cannot read. My mother, died at 58 in 1984, finished 5th grade. My immigrant family is not unique.
Alda A. AndersonMar 9, 2011 09:53:57 AM
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of you teamming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" This is what is written at the Statue of Liberty. We are a country of Immigrants. These purposed anti immigration laws are cloaks to the underlying bigotry action by right wing extremist and conservatives. There isn't a problem with tourist purposely looking to give birth in the US. These are weak attempts to pull irrelevant issues out of the air and create a false fear. How dare does Arizona and its law makers try to create a modern day civil war. Whats next, they want their own sovereignty? United state of Arizona? They are all a bunch anti American state. How do you combat the issue? Get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and go help fight the real war on drugs that most of these innocent people are running away from, in the first place !
CarlosMar 9, 2011 09:47:24 AM
The complaint seems to be that 11 million mainly Mexican immigrants a) are illegal, b) don't pay for services. I think it's ironic that these complaints come from conservatives who also believe in the Free Market. The immigrants come BECAUSE the Free Market offers them opportunities. So, make immigration legal and collect taxes. Hand out visas and W4 forms at the border if you have to. Americans vote with their pocketbooks and readily hire Mexican labor, so it's time to make the law match the reality we practice.
J. de GoliaMar 9, 2011 09:37:39 AM
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