The state of Kentucky is getting serious about illegal aliens. They passed a bill in the state Senate in early January.
The Kentucky immigration bill heads to a House committee. If approved by the committee, House leadership will decide whether it moves forward. In its current form, the measure, which cleared the Senate on a 24-14 vote Jan. 7, states any illegal immigrant who steps foot on Kentucky soil will be charged with a misdemeanor on a first offense and a felony with prison time on the second.
It’s pretty obvious that this next guy knows that illegals are employed in Kentucky, and he’s getting nervous about the prospect that immigration law might be enforced.
“As it is written today, it could have a serious impact on all of commerce,” said David Switzer, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association. “Not just the horse industry, but building trades, manufacturing, restaurants, and hospitality industry, where unfortunately there are illegal people employed.”
Now take a deep breath and read what Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council has to say about illegals working in Kentucky. I recommend a nice relaxing walk afterward until your anger subsides.
“It’s a very emotional issue,” Hickey said. “Those who are opposed to a way to make it easier to bring in workers or to allow workers to stay here say, ‘The economy is bad, so let’s give jobs to Americans,’ and ‘Why should we reward people that have broken the law?’ They make some very good points, but at the same time industries like ours rely on foreigners to survive.
“Many of them have been here for many years, and our farms, ranches, breeders, and trainers rely on them—they’ve worked their way up to important positions. We need a way to regularize those undocumented workers.”
This guy knows that employers are breaking the law, and he wants to fight to keep the illegals here rather than give their jobs to Americans. Of course the employers would have to pay Americans more than two dollars an hour, so that impacts the number of yachts they’re able to buy every year. These employers, in all states, are the reason the illegals keep coming here. Stop them from breaking the law and the illegals will return to their home countries voluntarily, because there will be nowhere for them to find employment.