December 15, 2008

THE CONSEQUENCES OF HATING YOUR NEIGHBOR:

-VIDEO: Immigration: Is Demography Destiny (Ben Wattenberg, ThinkTank)

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Employers look to Obama to deliver on immigration promise (Susan Ferriss, 12/15/08, sacbee.com)

Once a promised middle class recovery is under way, Full Belly co-owner Judith Redmond said, business owners hope Obama will turn to immigration overhaul, as he also promised. It's a lightning rod issue, but they contend the problem needs to be confronted if the California and the U.S. economies are to have enough legal workers to meet long-term needs.

"It's about recognizing that we need this work force. We're not going to make this all go away," Redmond said.

She employs about 50 year-round, mostly Mexican workers and is president of the Davis-based Community Alliance with Family Farmers.

Lori Wolf, a Modesto landscaper, added that immigration change "is just not something that can be swept under the rug again. It's very important to a lot of people, especially in California."

Jim Abram, president of the California Hotel and Lodging Association in Sacramento, said his members also are eager for bipartisan talk on immigration.

"This is really a critical, critical issue – to have a stable work force that's not always living underground," Abram said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2008 2:07 PM
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