Commentary: Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is right on the money in this argument. The “Wake Up Coalition of Greed Fueled Law-Breaking Asshats”, who are void of any real and valid basis for their opposition to a law requiring them to forfeit profit for compliance, are left with nothing but to throw out the already spent “race card”. This coalition of greedy lawbreakers claim that if they are forced out of business by continuing to break the law, “Anglos” will lose their jobs too.
I refuse to sink down to the coalitions level as referring to this in racial terms. If lawbreaking businesses are forced out of business for hiring illegal workers, then the few and far between legal employees will find work with other employers. And get this… MANY new legal businesses will start up and fill the void as the market dictates. You see, it’s simple economics. Every single one of these greedy lawbreaking business owners know this. They are simply trying to protect their sleazy and quite profitable scheme of hiring illegal workers and paying them slave wages.
By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX — A new state law intended to deny work to those here illegally will end up costing a lot of Anglo Arizonans their jobs.
That’s what a group of Arizona business owners hope to convince the state’s non-Hispanic majority of — that it’s in their own best interest to quash laws punishing companies for knowingly hiring undocumented workers.
Mac Magruder who heads the Wake Up Arizona coalition, said Tuesday the new law will have “devastating unintended consequence” on the state’s economy, and will do far more than just drive out the possible 500,000 people in Arizona illegally.
“When brown people lose their jobs, white people will lose their jobs,” he said.
He noted that the law, which takes effect Jan. 1, allows a judge to suspend a firm’s license to do business for up to 10 days. A second violation in three years means permanent revocation.
“When a business shuts down, where are they going to work?” asked Magruder.
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said fears of “racial profiling” may result in “a mass exodus of workers.” Wilcox, who also owns a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, said companies that lose some of their work force will be unable to stay in business and have to lay everyone else off.
Besides backing court action to overturn the law, the coalition, which now has about 15 members, hopes to persuade voters to defeat an even tougher measure that may be on the 2008 ballot, possibly by launching a competing initiative more favorable to employers.
The campaign, however, started with some name calling.
Magruder, who owns seven McDonald’s franchises, said Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, architect of the law, would not negotiate in good faith during the legislative session.
“You can’t reason with hatred,” Magruder said. Asked later if he believes Pearce is a racist, Magruder said, “I mean, something walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I wonder if it is.”
Pearce, however, noted the law punishes only firms that knowingly or intentionally hire undocumented workers, which Pearce said protects other companies that hire only legal U.S. residents from unfair competition.
He said Magruder “wanted employer amnesty.”
“Anytime they run out of arguments . . . they throw out the race card,” Pearce said. “These are folks who simply don’t want the law enforced.”
Magruder said companies try to follow proper procedures, checking Social Security numbers and filling out federal hiring checklists. But he conceded someone must be hiring people who crossed the border illegally.
“What happens is, if you even start questioning those documents you can be sued for profiling,” Magruder said. “The business guy is really between a rock and hard place.”
Coalition members said the state should stay out of issues surrounding illegal immigration. But Gov. Janet Napolitano, who signed the measure, said that isn’t an option.
“The failure of this administration, this Congress to pass immigration reform in a comprehensive manner has serious repercussions for the states,” she said Tuesday.
Here is a list of “The Wake Up Coalition of Greed Fueled Law-Breaking Asshats”. I should add that I know two of the people on this list. I am a little surprised to see their names here however, I also know that each of these two individuals is the type to put personal profits above moral conviction. So, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.
• Mac Magruder, owns McDonald’s franchises
• Ray Arvizu, owns Arvizu Advertising & Promotions, a Hispanic marketing firm
• Tom Barnett, owns Good Egg and Eggery restaurants and Burger King franchises
• Steve Chucri, president, Arizona Restaurant Association
• Jim Click, Tucson car dealer
• Jerry Colangelo, former owner, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks
• Brian Day O’Connor, owns a commercial real estate firm and a carwash; son of former U.S. Supreme Court justice
• Nicole Dreier, representing Burger King franchises
• Barry Goldwater Jr., son of former U.S. senator
• Danny Hendon, owns Danny’s Family Car Washes
• Steve Hilton, chief executive, Meritage Homes
• Gordon James, owns public relations firm
• James LeVecke, owns Carl’s Jr. franchises
• Jeff Moorad, general manager, Arizona Diamondbacks
• Mary Rose Wilcox, Maricopa County supervisor, owner El Portal restaurant.