An article in the T-R, "Bill sets up illegal immigrant hiring reporting" reports on House File 2156. This bill states it is "An act relating to the employment of unauthorized aliens and providing penalties." You might ask why there would even be a bill concerning that since it is against the law for a person to come into the U.S. illegally. Additionally, it is unlawful for someone in the U.S. illegally to be employed anyway. So why are 41 Iowa House members listed as sponsors of this bill? Why should Iowans be concerned about enforcing immigration? Isn't immigration law the domain of the federal government? Do you wonder why our Iowa Attorney General's office is not in favor of this bill?
These are all questions you could be asking your elected officials. They are in Des Moines and supposedly representing U.S. I urge you to contact your elected state representative and also to ask your state senator if he/she will support it when it gets to the senate. The T-R often has contact info listed for you to use.
As for answers to some of my questions - yes, the federal government should be enforcing laws. This is a constitutional republic which is founded on rule of law. Obviously, the federal government is not doing their job so states are looking at what they can legally do. This bill allows a way to deter an illegal alien from acquiring a job.
It sounds redundant to even consider this since illegal aliens should not be in our country and legally can't hold a job. With estimates of 11 to 20 million or more illegal aliens in the U.S. we can all agree that the U.S. government is not enforcing immigration laws. Support House File 2156 and urge its passage to at least make a small step towards following the law. We continue to head down a slippery slope when law upon law is not enforced.