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Relating to the establishment of a work program for certain persons not legally authorized to be in the United States; providing penalties.
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(Travis County) March 19, 2011, 10:03 am
This bill will be very controversial, but this debate needs to happen.
(Bastrop County) March 18, 2011, 11:29 am
At first I thought Workman was off his rocker. But then I actually read the bill and decided that it has merit. It has no chance of becoming law, of course, but it's good to have this debate. Foremost, it directly contradicts the US Constitution's stance on all matters of immigration. But since the Feds haven't done anything on this front...
(Travis County) March 18, 2011, 4:29 am
Bottom line: This bill makes ILLEGAL alien workers who are already here, LEGAL alien workers! A form of amnesty. It also creates a state income tax which will be a huge burden for employers. Everything about this bill is wrong and bad for Texas.
(Not a Texan County) March 16, 2011, 2:35 pm
I am confident our "Budget Shortfall" would have lessened had we had this law enforced a few years ago. I agree 100% with @Eddy_B with the many benefit of collecting fees and fines as well as tax dollars. A great bill filed by Representative Workman!
(Travis County) March 16, 2011, 12:24 pm
The Guest Worker bill could solve so many of Texas’ problems in regards to illegals. First – Texas creates an enforcement division that can find employers for hiring illegals. Currently only the federal government can fine employers for hiring illegals, but the feds aren't doing it. If this bill becomes law Texas could collect fines to pay for the cost of the illegal being here. The free market will solve the immigration problem because these $10,000 per illegal fines will increase the risk of hiring illegals and reduce the incentive for employers to hire illegals. Second, Texas collects fees and taxes on a large group of workers that currently don’t pay fees or taxes. The fees alone would generate over $4 billion if only half of the illegals currently in Texas sign up. Then Texas would tax their income and the revenue would go to state and local governments to support the services that the illegals are ALREADY USING BUT NOT PAYING FOR. So, Texas will make illegal pay to play. Third, the bill will make Texas safer because our limited resource can be used to increase our effectiveness and efficiency on border operations and will lead to our increased capture of drug smugglers and criminals. I suggest you read the bill, think about it before you react. After thinking about the problem and the proposed solution, if you have any comments that move the ball down the field on this problem submit them.
(Travis County) March 16, 2011, 6:32 am
What's Workman been smoking? RECALL!
(Travis County) March 15, 2011, 4:09 pm
This bill is in direct oppisition to the 2010 Texas Republican Platform: Driver Licenses – We propose that every Texas driver license shall indicate whether the driver is a U.S. citizen. No such documentation shall be issued to anyone not legally in the country.
(Travis County) March 14, 2011, 5:46 pm
Illegal immigrants will be able to get driver's licenses! Married couples who are here illegally will be able to chose which wage earner they report to the State Comptroller. The only good thing about this bill is it's only 2 pages long.
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