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    whenever they make use of Black Market labor

    I think it's fair to say he is referring to illegal immigrants.

    Employers are required to get and verify employability (ie SS#). If they don't do that, fine the shit out of them.

    If they do it though, and the person turns out to be illegal, you wanna fine the shit out of them?

    That's my question. It's not about wages, because that wasn't the comment.

    •  the problem is that (0+ / 0-)

      there are literally millions of undocumented people working "under the table" and with non-matching social security numbers.  to expect the immigration service to even come close to weeding out all of these employers and fining them would probably end up costing infinitely more money than it would benefit us financially.  it's just unrealistic.  that is why you put the onus on the workers themselves.  if they want to get green cards, they will be sure not to accept employment at below the prevailing wage.  it will be a self-regulated system by incentivizing it.  that is not to say give up on fining the employers, as well, but I think putting the onus on the employee will serve to enforce the prevailing wage laws far more effectively.

    •  My employer required me (0+ / 0-) show SSN plus birth certificate, and presumably there was a verification process which took place behind the scenes.  I don't think that is unreasonable.

      How do we treat bars with a pattern of accepting fake IDs from underaged drinkers?

      Vote John Edwards and break the corporate media stranglehold on American politics.

      by Subversive on Wed May 21, 2008 at 07:27:06 AM PDT

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