AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples wrote an editorial for the Houston Chronicle on the need for sensible immigration reform. Below is an excerpt followed by a link to the full column.
“We cannot use 20th century reasoning to solve 21st century problems. Without question, any American who wants a job should be first in line to get the job, but the lines are not forming. Labor unions cannot micromanage the labor force without creating shadow economies that circumvent the antiquated policies these unions are so keen to support.
“Let's take real action to prevent the underground economies that truly undermines - yes, cheats - American labor and eliminate an environment open to abuse for the individuals trapped within.
“The reality is 11 to 20 million people are in this country illegally not because we were a few thousand off on the number of visas offered. They came here looking for employment and an arbitrarily small number of visas will not stop the workforce flow.”
To read the Commissioner’s full column, click here.
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