March 02, 2011
Keep Your Lousy Government Hands Off My Gardener

Another item for your cognitive dissonance file:

(CNN) — Amid a number of bills filed in Texas that address the issue of illegal immigration, one, proposed by Republican state Rep. Debbie Riddle, stands out.

As proposed, House Bill 2012 would create tough state punishments for those who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” hire an unauthorized immigrant. Violators could face up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

But it is an exception included in the bill that is drawing attention. Those who hire unauthorized immigrants would be in violation of the law — unless they are hiring a maid, a lawn caretaker or another houseworker.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 02, 2011 11:00 AM
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How it goes. Same reason "self-employed" sharecroppers weren't allowed to claim welfare benefits and the National Labor Relations Act exempted agricultural employees.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on March 2, 2011 9:12 PM

Meant to add, the NLRA exempted domestic workers too.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on March 2, 2011 9:14 PM

"hypocrisy," completely unknown to repuglicans . . .

Posted by: John Gall on March 3, 2011 12:36 PM

Immigration has always confused Republicans. Working class Republicans — to simplify, the ones who vote GOP for xenophobic, racist, homophobic or religious, etc., reasons — instinctively feel that immigrants are a threat to their jobs because they work cheaper. Their bosses (in the workplace or in the party) are in favor of immigrants for the same reason. But they don't want immigrants to become citizens. Better to keep them on edge, always under the threat of arrest and deportation. That way they're easier to exploit.

Posted by: Liberati on March 3, 2011 1:20 PM
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