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.

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Lisa Hess
Lisa Hess5 years ago

Talk about having your cake and eating it too. I wonder if these guys see we know they just dont want to pay a fair wage and heaven forbid they mow their own grass or do their own dishes sheesh. Do they really think we dont see through this

Alan Withington
Alan Withington6 years ago

These people are heartless low life hypocrites. I think we should be thankful they are not intelligent enough or just so arrogant that they don't bother to hide it!

David Johnson
David Johnson6 years ago

That would explain Perry's claim that Texas had created more jobs than all the other stes combined.....

Kristen K.
Kristen K6 years ago

UNBELIEVABLE! Hypocrisy at it's finest! I hope this backfires horrible on them.

Frank S.
6 years ago

It's called hypocrisy, and conservative right-wingers are full of it. They are also busily setting up in place the political apparatus, by which "all people of the nation will eventually be controlled by the republican party." It is my opinion, and I believe that people whom support such laws are not only hypocrites but also that they are also lacking in common sense!

Rick Perry once said that, " "I fully recognize and support a state's right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas,"- Rick Perry/Fox news. Then, after decades of cajoling with Hispanics in Texas, suddenly the Arizona law makes sense for Texas.

Texas Gov: Arizona Immigration Law 'Not Right' for Texas
Published April 29, 2010
| Associated Press


"Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither" -Benjamin Franklin

"The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers." ~James Russell Lowell

"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few his precepts!
O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments." ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

Is this an attack on the freedom Americans cherish? Could these be attempts to suppress Hispanic voters for 2012? Is the breaking of the middle class unions in Wisconsin any different?

John Mcwhorter
John Mcwhorter6 years ago

Why should an illegal immigrant be treated different because they're a housekeeper? All illegal immigrants should not have preferential treatment. They're illegal and should be treated the same. Send them back and let them come back legally and apply for US citizenship as long as they speak our language - English. Does Gov Perry have some illegal immigrant housekeepers that he doesn't want to let go?

Robert H.
Robert H6 years ago

This does not surprise me, coming out of texas. I'd be willing to bet that gw has a couple of "illegals" out there helping him cut that brush he never quite got done with during his numerous vacations.

Lindsey DTSW
.6 years ago

Yes, P.J. Plenty of people in Texas have a 'moral compass'. Like everywhere else in the world, Texas contains people of all kinds.

PJ Granieri
.6 years ago

Does ANYONE in Texas have a moral compass?