So... is it the typically poor writing of the local paper? Or is it the disturbing revelation that the county has not been confirming the citizenship of the county work force?
The only aspect of the new policy that I find myself in disagreement with is this:
The commissioners asked Tuesday for a proposal by Jan. 1 to start feeding the Social Security numbers of new deputies, secretaries, janitors and other county workers into the federal E-Verify database.
My operative concern is for the word "new." Why is it just "new?" Why doesn't this apply to all current and retired county employees as well?
As for Commissioner Boldt's concerns.... and subsequent efforts to placate the so-called "League of United Latin American Citizens".... that's a crock as well.
If ONE job is held by an illegal alien, that's one job too many.... one county job... one private sector job.
Assigning some level of power or concern to illegal alien advocates is a bad idea. Bad for this community and bad for our economy.
Printing an obvious lie:
"Many municipalities are having problems with unemployment," said Maria Rodriguez-Salazar, a local LULAC leader. "And it has nothing to do with illegal immigrants. It has to do with greedy people who made some bad decisions."
and caving to the faux "victimization" agenda:
Also Tuesday, Commissioner Marc Boldt said the commissioners shouldn't have implied, in their earlier action, that illegal immigration is responsible for the county's unemployment rate.to further the leftist, illegal alien agenda gives this fringe group power they do not merit and assigns them a platform they do not deserve.
The Sept. 1 resolution mentioned the local unemployment rate as a reason to check contract workers' identities electronically.
"It almost made the reader believe that we have high unemployment because we have undocumented workers," Boldt said. "And that's not true."
There are three, absolutely unassailable facts here:
First: They are not "undocumented workers." An undocumented worker is someone that doesn't have the paperwork to prove they have a legal right to work. That someone CAN have the right to work by citizenship.... they just don't happen to have the necessary ID.
We are not discussing those who have the legal right to work here, and I am getting sick of public officials who turn their backs on their legal responsibilities by kowtowing to political correctness.
We are discussing ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE NO RIGHT TO WORK HERE. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE HERE. And no amount of lipstick on that particular pig can change it. That local illegal alien advocates don't like the phrase "illegal alien" does not make it any less accurate or useful as a term of description.
Words have meaning. Illegal aliens are violating our laws. The prissy use of the term "undocumented workers" provides them with cover for being here and cover for breaking our laws... as if the issue was merely one of some paperwork snafu and not one of a deliberate choice to violate the laws of the United States.
Second: we have illegal aliens working in Clark County.
Third, contrary to the lie that illegal aliens do NOT contribute to our unemployment, the mere fact that an illegal alien is holding a job in Clark County during these difficult times by definition indicates that their presence here DOES, in fact, do the very thing they now claim it does not:
Contribute to the highest unemployment rate in the State of Washington.
Boldt needs to be a little less concerned about placating those who do not deserve it, and a little more concerned about enforcing the laws he's sworn to uphold.