Senate Panel Blocks Rules on Seasonal Jobs
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Four Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee sided with Republicans on Thursday to temporarily block new rules protecting seasonal foreign workers who often perform backbreaking labor at low wages. The 19-to-11 vote would delay for one year rules designed to make it more difficult for businesses like seafood processors to exploit foreign workers and to get more Americans into seasonal jobs. Business groups object to the cost of requirements like paying transportation and visa fees for imported workers. The effort to shelve the rules was led by Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, who also objected to a requirement that employers advertise for American workers until 21 days before work begins, and hire the qualified United States workers who apply. He said workers in the United States were likely to quit hard, dirty jobs, leaving employers without time to find foreign replacements.
Senator Shelby is from Alabama, the very state that recently implemented the Arizona-style immigrant laws targeting unauthorized aliens.
So it appears the Republicans are finally admitting that U.S. citizens are not able or willing to do the work that unauthorized aliens are doing.
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This will never happen, of course. These able-bodied Americans are also VOTERS. That's the problem with citizenship - you can vote for welfare for yourself .
Unfortunatly you're right. The politicians will promise them more benifits, in exchange for their vote.
The sort of complacency that this breeds, will be the downfall of our country.
All in the name of compassion though...
I'm always surprised no one blames those rich corporate fat cats much..
If a company has a BILLION in pure profits and CEOs can make two digit MILLIONS, I'm sure they can add a couple of 25K to 30K janitors to their employment or some extra jobs..
Instead they get tax breaks and the gov't goes broke helping the poor, who are put there because stingy billion dollar businesses would rather reward themselves then offer jobs.
This is most definitely a huge problem, but most of it is centered around companies listed on the stock market! Their only goal is to increase "profits" for their investors, but unfortunately the best ways to do that in the short term usually hurt the company severely in the long-term.
Smaller or privately-owned companies have it somewhat easier since there's not as much pressure and they can reinvest the profit back into the company.
It sucks though, because now most retirements are HUGELY into the stock markets. So doing whats right, right now, to keep companies moving in a safe manner, also kills your retirement.
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