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    If we create a path to citizenship for people here without documentation, but do nothing to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers, the people most likely to be harmed are exactly those we're trying to help: recent Hispanic immigrants.

    Put yourself in the place of an employer who hires a lot of low-skilled workers. If you have a choice between hiring a Hispanic with limited skills that does not speak much English who is here legally and has the full legal protection of our labor laws, and one that does not, which will you choose? Many will choose to continue to hire undocumented workers because they will work for less, and can be abused and even cheated out of their pay without consequence.

    Enforcement of laws against hiring the undocumented needs to be a part of this discussion.

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