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Level the working field

George W. Bush has asked for a “guest worker program” for undocumented workers. Will these workers and their employers be required to pay Social Security, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and state and federal income tax? American workers pay these costs.

In the past, most undocumented workers were paid cash, which left no paper trail, and thus, these costs were never paid. These undocumented workers’ employers have been lining their pockets for years with the savings they have realized. I have known such employers that, when their harvest was in, would simply notify the Border Patrol and have these illegals, their workers, deported.

How will employers be held accountable for their workers’ rights, e.g., safety, sanitation, and minimum wage, under Bush’s proposed program? Watching the news I hear again and again that if the present immigration laws were enforced, we wouldn’t have the problems that we now face. More laws won’t solve this problem. If we can’t enforce the laws that we already have, how can we possibly think that any new laws will be enforced?

Bill Combs

Grass Valley

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