Arizona`s Prop. 202: Treason Lobby Wolf Donning Sheep`s Clothing

Aggressive mimicry is a

biological strategy
where a predator or parasite
will imitate a harmless or even helpful species to help
attract their their prey—Aesop`s fable about a wolf
donning sheep`s clothing was well-observed. This tactic
is currently being used by the

Treason Lobby in Arizona
in an attempt to undermine
the state`s tough laws against employers of illegal
aliens.

This November, the Arizona Ballot
will feature Proposition 202, called the
"Stop Illegal
Hiring Act."
The was

summarized
to petition signers and will be given to
voters as

"Stop Illegal Hiring" Act is an initiative designed to crack down on
unethical businesses who hire illegal immigrants. This
initiative targets employers who hire workers and
pay under-the-table in cash
, which fuels illegal
immigration in Arizona. It revokes the business license
of employers who knowingly or intentionally hire illegal
immigrants. This initiative increases penalties for

identity theft
, as illegal immigrants often use

stolen identities
to conceal their

undocumented
status. Fines collected as a result of
this initiative will be distributed to schools and
hospitals to help deal with the financial burden placed
on Arizona because of illegal immigration

Limited to this information, any
Arizonian would think they were

voting to get tough
on employers of illegal
immigrants. But unfortunately the opposite is true. The
act is over 4,000 words long, and nearly
incomprehensible—even more so than most laws. While it
does increase some penalties for hiring illegal
immigrants and for
identity theft
, it makes it almost impossible for
the state to prosecute these crimes. Worst of all, it
would effectively overturn the Legal Arizona Workers Act
(LAWA.)

LAWA, passed in 2007 by the Arizona
legislature under the leadership of the State Rep.

Russell Pearce
would—among other things—require all
employers within the state to use the Federal E-Verify
system.

E-Verify
allows employers to

instantaneously
check the legal status of an
employee or applicant by matching the social security
number they are given with those in the

Social Security Administration`s database.

Since the 1986 IRCA legislation, it
has been technically

unlawful
to hire illegal aliens in the U.S. But

enforcement
has traditionally been attempted by
submitting an I-9, a federal government form that asks
for two different types of identification. The problem
is that these
can be
easily forged.
Unless they are blatantly fraudulent,
it is difficult to tell whether or not the employer is
knowingly hiring an illegal.

To make matters even worse, an
employer can get
sued for a civil rights violation—"document
abuse discrimination
"
—if he overly scrutinizes
the documents of a minority for fraud.

E-Verify solves both these
problems. There is no gray area where employers can
plead ignorance nor can they cannot be accused of any
sort of racial profiling. There have been repeated
allegations that E-Verify is has a high error rate. But
the vast majority of those errors are just simple input
errors by the employer that were easily corrected. A
recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies

confirms that E-Verify is 99.5% accurate.

Although other states have required
E-Verify for government contractors,
Arizona
is the first state to
mandate it across the board. The results have been
spectacular. Even before it was enacted, illegals left
the state in droves. Elias Bermudez, founder of

Immigrants Without Borders
complained:
"I would say we
are losing at least 100 people a day."
[Group
estimates 100 illegal immigrants leaving every day
,,
By DANIEL GONZALEZ The Arizona Republic, September 1,
2007]

Since the requirement has been
enacted, the Mexican Consulate reported droves of
illegals going to get their papers in order to return to
their homeland. One PBS

feature
on LAWA publicized how illegals were
leaving. Business owners began to lobby against the law:

"Steel Fabricator Sheridan Bailey…fired 12 out of 40 workers after the
sanctions law passed, afraid he`d be shut down. He`s now
helping bankroll the legal challenge and working with
businesspeople in other states to fend off similar
proposals everywhere."

As soon as LAWA was passed, a
coalition of business groups filed lawsuits trying to
issue an injunction and eventually overturn the law on
the tired notion that because immigration policy is a
federal issue, anything that states and localities do
that has anything to do with immigration (unless of
course it is to interfere with immigration policy
through

sanctuary laws
) is unconstitutional.

But on September 17, LAWA was

upheld
by the notoriously open borders

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
. It is unlikely that
it will be appealed to the Supreme Court, so LAWA and
similar laws should be safe from the Courts for the
foreseeable future.

With all their undemocratic options
exhausted, the Treason Lobby has now resorted to
outright deception of the electorate via Proposition
202. The main group

funding
the initiative is a coalition of business
interests called "Wake
Up Arizona
" who were also one of the

primary plaintiffs
in the suit to overturn LAWA.

Generally, the problem with our
laws against employers of illegal aliens is not so much
that the penalties aren`t tough enough – it`s that they
aren`t being enforced. The Stop Illegal Hiring Act will
eliminate the E-Verify requirement and allow employers
to go back to the I-9 system, which it makes even more
unenforceable by
calling
it
a "non-rebuttable presumption of innocence." In
other words: if you submit an I-9 form, you are immune
from prosecution.

The law would prohibit the state
from taking any action unless the federal government
initiates the process. It would give amnesty to all
employers who hired illegals prior to its enactment. And
it would prohibit whistleblowers from alerting law
enforcement authorities about illegal hiring.

So we are now left in the amazing
situation of a law that was signed by a Democratic
governor and upheld by the most left wing court in the
country being threatened by a ballot initiative.

It is easy to get discouraged by
these continued manipulations by the Treason Lobby.
Don`t they ever give up?

But there is a silver lining: Prop
202 is just further demonstration that the Treason Lobby
knows that the
people are overwhelmingly against them
—that they can
only succeed through chicanery.

Unfortunately for them, with talk
radio and the internet, it`s much easier to rip off the
veneer and expose their true agenda which they know will
be rejected.

Wake Up Arizona and all the other
pseudo-immigration controllers should remember that
in Aesop`s fable, the

wolf in sheep`s clothing
was still slaughtered.


Marcus Epstein [send
him mail
] is the founder of the
Robert A Taft Club
and the executive director of the
The American
Cause
and
Team America PAC
. A selection of his articles can be
seen
here. The
views he expresses are his own.