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OPINION: Massachusetts legislature must pass bill designed to prevent illegal aliens from getting jobs

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Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform submitted the following piece.

“Support “An Act protecting Massachusetts workers” H.1866/S.1169

“Legislation that would require all employers to use E-Verify, the Federal government’s online vetting system designed to prevent illegal aliens from getting jobs, is the subject of a hearing tomorrow, to be conducted by the Massachusetts state legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and workforce Development.

“This bill would protect low/no-skilled American workers from losing job opportunities to illegal immigrants. The state’s unlawful resident population, fewer than 100,000 in 2007 has skyrocketed to now more than 300,000, equal to five percent of the Massachusetts’ population.

“This flood of migrants has caused the real wages of the lowest paid 20% of Massachusetts workers to fall by more than those in any other state since 2007, according to the progressive-leaning Center for Policy Studies, in Washington, DC.

“Under these conditions, prime-age workers have left the workforce in droves. In 1960, 95 percent of all men 20-64 were in the labor force, i.e., either working or seeking work. In 2023, 91% of those with bachelor’s degree or higher were still in the labor force as were 85% of those without bachelor’s degree.

“But fully one fourth of those with a high school diploma or less have simply stopped looking for work. Between 2000 and 2023, Massachusetts had one of the highest rates in the US of prime age men exiting the labor force. Massachusetts’ labor force participation rate dropped 8 percentage points, as compared to an average drop of 5 points nationally.

“Declining labor force participation is associated with societal problems such as social isolation, crime, drug addiction, depression, reduced family formation and in extreme cases “deaths of despair” — suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning.

“Since the pervasive use of fraudulent identification is one of the main enablers of illegal economic migration, the obvious solution is to stop employers from hiring workers who present fake documents. That’s where E-Verify comes in. It can check the eligibility of any job applicant in seconds with an accuracy of more than 98%.

“The system is mandatory for prospective employees of the Federal government and Federal contractors — but not for all employers. Some 20 states currently require at least some businesses to use the system. In seven of eight states where E-Verify was recently introduced, both the numbers of American workers employed, and the wages they earn have shown a marked increase.

“Voter support for E-Verify is very broad, with a recent Rasmussen poll showing 83% of Republicans, 57% of Democrats, 69% of unaffiliated voters, 68% of whites, 70% of black voters and 73% of Hispanics in favor. Businesses using E-Verify report high levels of satisfaction.

“In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark law—H.R. 2 the “Secure the Border Act of 2023”—which would require employers to check the legal status of new hires through the E-Verify system. Unfortunately, the Senate has thus far failed to pass the bill. It is time for state and Federal authorities to act together to defend American workers.

“In view of these considerations, Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform (MCIR) calls for the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development to report favorably on H.1866/ S.1169 and for the entire legislature to enact this badly needed legislation.”

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Barack Warren

    November 13, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Illegal Aliens? What’s next, publishing the N-word in full?

    Undocumented Americans deserve respect and shouldn’t be dehumanized in print by people suffering from male fragility.

    Sickening.

    • RedPilled

      November 13, 2023 at 6:58 pm

      Seems you’re the one suffering from male fragility. Undocumented Americans holy crap. That’s by far the most absurd description of illegals I’ve ever heard. Just when you think you’ve heard everything along comes Barack Warren. So, how many illegals have you taken in to your home Barack?

      • Barrack Warren

        November 13, 2023 at 9:59 pm

        No person is illegal. They’re simply undocumented. We’re all world citizens, except the Drumphets. They’re deplorable.

        • Foster Furcolo

          November 16, 2023 at 3:51 pm

          They are in our country illegally. “Undocumented Americans” is a phrase that’s designed to deny this fact. Every country has a right to control its borders. Control of borders enables countries not to get bankrupted by floods of people coming in to take advantage of services such as medical care, schooling for children, and numerous others.
          Borders also enable a country to prevent environmental unsustainability through overpopulation. Our country is definitely environmentally unsustainable already. We are running down our water supply, as the NYT has written, which threatens our ability to produce enough food to feed our citizens
          https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/29/climate/groundwater-aquifer-overuse-investigation-takeaways.html
          According to Propublica, within several decades, MILLIONS of Americans will become climate refugees. It is sheer stupidity for us to let our population grow when we are facing that eventuality.
          https://www.propublica.org/article/climate-change-will-force-a-new-american-migration
          Mr. Warren, we are not world citizens. Those of us who were born here or who have immigraated here legally and gained citizenship are citizens of the US. Those who come here illegally are not, and for good reasons.

        • David Holzman

          November 17, 2023 at 12:14 am

          “Undocumented” is a euphemism designed to obscure the fact that illegal aliens are in the US illegally. Most countries do a far better job of controlling their borders than we do. “We’re all world citizens” is a fantasy.

          There are plenty of good reasons to control borders. Including the fact that our country is environmentally unsustainable with the current population. For example, we are running out of ground water, which threatens our agricultural production, and much else. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/29/climate/groundwater-aquifer-overuse-investigation-takeaways.html

          An investigation by Propublica finds that within several decades, millions of Americans will become climate refugees. https://www.propublica.org/article/climate-change-will-force-a-new-american-migration
          It is folly to let our population increase in light of this (and 90% of our population growth is due to immigration). The Census Bureau projects that over the next 40 years, we will add 75 million–all but 7 million from immigration, and that’s 3.75 New York State population equivalents.

  2. Truth hurts

    November 14, 2023 at 12:16 am

    Illegal aliens. Say it with us. #walkaway

  3. DongHa

    November 14, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    If we are all world citizens, how come I cannot go to another country to live unless I can show proof of taking care of myself. Smarten up. People like you are what is bringing down our country. No other country in the world allows illegal immigration like the USA. Why is that?

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