Texas Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Workers — Unless They Are Housekeepers
Cleaning, dishes, laundry and lawnmowing is hard work. That’s why Republicans in Texas are proposing a loophole against hiring illegal aliens so they can have someone else do it cheaply for them.
Via Yahoo News:
Texas has long been a hotbed of controversy on immigration issues. And a proposed immigration bill in the Texas state House is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows. The bill would make hiring an “unauthorized alien” a crime punishable by up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine, unless that is, they are hired to do household chores.
Yes, under the House Bill 2012 introduced by a tea party favorite state Rep. Debbie Riddle — who’s been saying for some time that she’d like to see Texas institute an Arizona-style immigration law — hiring an undocumented maid, caretaker, lawnworker or any type of houseworker would be allowed. Why? As Texas state Rep. Aaron Pena, also a Republican, told CNN, without the exemption, “a large segment of the Texas population” would wind up in prison if the bill became law.
“When it comes to household employees or yard workers it is extremely common for Texans to hire people who are likely undocumented workers,” Pena told the news giant. “It is so common it is overlooked.”
So there you go. Close our borders, crack down on illegal immigration, don’t offer amnesty or a path to citizenship. But please let a few come in to pick up after the rich folk, because they don’t want to have to pay a real wage or benefits to hire an actual citizen to clean up after them.