The following is a letter from the Martin 9/12 TeaParty Committee in support of our friend George Fuller, who is petitioning the state legislature to closely consider HB 1315 in the House and its companion bill in the Senate, SB 1638. HB 1315 is sponsored by our own Gayle Harrell and must be supported by our members in order to show the Leaders that we care about it.
All of our "sign waving" is lost on Tallahassee!
All of our "sign waving" is lost on Tallahassee!
21 January 2012
The members of the Martin 9/12 TeaParty Committee want to echo the appeal of George Fuller to focus on the scheduling of HB 1315 for the January 25th Session. Mr. Fuller's argument is, beyond question, the position of the grassroots voters of this State. We intend to keep this issue in the forefront of state political discourse, and our many associates across the State are listening. The members of the House and Senate who are protecting the illegal workforce should pay close attention.
Our membership was sorely disappointed at the dismissal of this initiative in the last House Session, having swallowed the "strategy" of a comprehensive approach to include measures for state law enforcement of illegal immigration. We are now convinced that such an approach was Tallahassee-speak for "NO." We are appalled at the conflict of interest among members of the Florida House and Senate.
To reiterate Mr. Fuller's points:
1. We want citizens employed. The use of illegal aliens is tantamount to slavery.2. We want Florida protected from the inevitable migration of illegal immigrants from states which already use Employment Verification.3. Voters and taxpayers of Florida are willing to pay a few pennies more for agricultural products to assure a legal labor market.4. Adopting this measure ahead of the likely legislation (to enforce immigration through deportation) is a prudent step in the process, allowing for self-deportation for "economic reasons."5. If agriculture in Florida is so dependent on foreign labor, then we are deluding ourselves into believing that agriculture is a strong economic engine in Florida. Dependence does not equal strength.
J. McGovern and Cynthia Lucas for
The Martin 9/12 TeaParty Committee
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Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 2:53 PM
Subject: Schedule HB 1315 "Verification of Employment Eligibility" For the January 25th Session
It is important HB 1315 be heard at the scheduled January 25th committee meeting if it is going to stand any chance of making it through the four committee stops it has been assigned before the session ends. I did a brief study of the last session and found bills with four committees assigned had only a 12% chance of making it through all four committees during the session. In the 2010 session The public e-verify bill sponsored by Sandy Adams had only two committee assignments and the senate companion bill to HB 1315, SB 1638, has only two committee assignments so it appears the number assigned speaks more of politics than necessity.
Here are a few reasons why HB 1315 should be placed on the January 25th committee meeting agenda:
- Florida currently ranks 6th highest in the Nation in unemployed workers 17.6% higher than the national average. I have not seen the latest numbers but I know the state has been borrowing from the Feds to pay unemployment claims which is not something I am sure Leadership likes talking about or advertises.
- Perhaps you are not aware but Florida is now Sanctuary Florida surrounded by water on three sides and 7 states to our north that have passed e-verify. Illegal aliens are as permanent residents as the law allows and they are leaving the states that have ended their sanctuary status and are looking for other sanctuary states that still allow it. For many Florida is their sanctuary destination and one proof will be increased school enrollment. Perhaps Governor Scott is calling for another $ Billion in the state education fund in anticipation of the influx of foreign kids to be educated on the taxpayer dime.
- Every politician in Tallahassee says jobs is priority number one. If so, then act like it and take up HB 1315 which will ensure only legal workers are hired. I know, there are many criminal illegal alien employers associations who say they need the illegal alien labor including the Florida Restaurant Association of which I assume you are a member. If their premise was correct how did restaurants ever survive until illegals came across the border? The same nonsensical argument is put up by the hospitality industry, ag industry and the construction industry. For proof of what I say go to Numbers USA and check how many restaurants, hotels, ag businesses and construction companies voluntarily use e-verify now. The number in Florida is over 14,000 companies with in excess of 40,000 locations. The companies using the "we can't survive without them" argument are simply criminal illegal alien employers looking to use cheap labor. Yes, it is a crime to knowingly hire illegal workers.
- Mandatory e-verify works. Many don't know AZ passed e-verify in 2007, put it into effect at the beginning of 2008 and the result was 1/3rd of the illegal alien population self deported in several months. Ag people, and you have a few in the Legislature, say they can't survive without illegal labor. It might interest you to know AZ agriculture business was up in 2010 or over 2009 refuting that argument. If that happened in Florida we could expect 300K or more illegal aliens to<hr> self deport dramatically reducing the $5.5 Billion it costs or more to educate, medicate and incarcerate them. A more recent example is what happened in AL since it passed e-verify. In the two months of September and October 2011 the AL unemployment rate decreased by an astounding 11%! What do you think the destination of illegal aliens who have left and are leaving might be? You can rest assured it won't be LA, MS, TN, GA, NC OR SC that have e-verify as AL does.
- Without a workforce employed the economy suffers. With legal workers employed instead of illegal aliens money earned here will circulate here and not be remitted to another country where it does not help our economy.
Finally, call HB 1315 up at the next scheduled meeting on the 25th to show you understand the importance of employing only legal workers in Florida.
J. McGovern and Martin County 9/12 Tea Party Committee:
Thank you very much for your letter of support for the legislation sponsored by Rep. Harrell and directed to Mr. Patronis. [...]
Letters like yours [are] exactly what is needed to let the legislators know we are watching every move they make regarding this important subject. I wish every Tea Party Committee would send a similar message.
This coming Wednesday not only is Patronis Govt Ops Sub meeting in the morning but Senator Flores Judiciary Committee is meeting in the afternoon. I am prepared to go to Tally if HB1315, SB 1638 or both are being heard to give testimony.
The schedule for the committee meetings is not released until late Monday........you can see which bills will be addressed by going to the calendars late Monday for the House and Senate.
Once again thanks for your help and support. Like you I am simply a concerned citizen.
George R. Fuller