Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sensing Sanctions

Arizona’s employer sanctions law takes effect this Tuesday, and people are nervous. I speculate that the strong have nothing to fear, although the law seems to implement a system where a written complaint compels investigation. We are invoking the squeal on thy foe dynamic. If you think an employer has workers without papers, fill out these forms and provide the details.


The resources for enforcement are very limited. The law is 90% bark and 10% bite, but don’t underestimate the power of the bark. The reader has probably seen the articles regarding those leaving the state as a result of this law. The Tucson Citizen has a piece about the county reviewing its records to make sure it has proper documentation for its employees.

The actual consequences of this legislation will prove interesting. The large organizations (think field workers) will find a way to subvert the intent, probably involving the procurement of false documents for their most valued workers.

The first individual I know impacted by this law is a 20 year old kid who lost her job at an ice cream store. Although born in New York and Caucasian, she comes from a broken family and does not know her mother. She doesn’t have her birth certificate.

They fired her.

People pass laws in ignorance of the actual impact. They go after illegal immigrants and throw a white, challenged, marginally educated kid from New York without a car, without a mother, and barely able to feed herself into the street. She had a job. She paid taxes.

Not anymore.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Diana said...

Do you really expect us to feel sorry for some twit that is so irresponsible that she doesn’t have the well established documentation for employment?

The stupid girl deserves to lose her job. What idiot thinks they should get a job without having the documents required by law? The law is clear. She deserved to be fired.

Now she can get in touch with reality and go get the papers needed to get a job properly. I hope she suffers. The pain will do her good.

12/31/2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

Diana, While you avoid profanity your remark is quite possibly the most offensive I have read on the internet. Your complete lack of regard for the circumstance is appalling. I have confidence that you cannot even begin to grasp what it is to have been abandoned by your mother after you were born.

A decent employer would understand she is from New York and provide her guidance and support to obtain the documents, continuing to employ her during the process.

I don’t understand why you read or comment at this blog. You clearly have no concept of the ideas presented.

I am not sure what to think of the law yet. I will say that I think the article in the Daily Star today written is nonsense.

I don’t think it will happen, but I think it would be very eye-opening if everyone here illegally did leave. I wonder how we’d like $400 hotel rates and oranges that cost $17.99 per pound.

12/31/2007 12:48 PM  
Blogger roger said...

There seems to be enough worry about this employer sanctions bill that it has enraged employers and have gotten the lawsuits rolling...so there has already been a real impact.

As I have said before, this issue will prove to be a major blow for the GOP. At its simplest, it is the very kind of regulation that businesses opposed Democrats for in the past. It forces them to, at the least, have to check and double check those who apply. It also forces them to have to really scrutinize subcontractors...which provide a lot of building labor to the "big boys" (insert your favorite major homebuilder in S. Arizona). Last, those who are scrutinized most will be those who have accents and who have colored skin. It is the kind of discrimination that employers have come to loathe. Discrimination, in short, hurts business...it is an economic inefficiency.

In the end, this will cause more regulation and the ridding of labor will harm our economy. These are the two things the Chamber hates most...even more than taxes.

12/31/2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Actually, Diana, I don't expect very much of you at all, and you consistently manage to lower yourself to meet those expectations.

1/01/2008 2:13 PM  

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