A Big, and Overlooked, Illegal Immigration Development in BizzyBlog’s Home Township (UPDATE: Commenter Refutes Significance)
Wow, that will teach me to go a week or so without checking Bloglines.
It’s a story that appears to have been missed by the entire SOB Alliance. But the miss by yours truly is the most grievous of the bunch, given that the action took place in BizzyBlog’s home township:
Illegals are Deerfield Twp. law’s target
Last Updated: 7:15 am | Thursday, April 19, 2007
Deerfield Township will not do business with contractors who hire illegal immigrants.
A resolution passed Tuesday night requires would-be contractors to certify that they comply with the employment provisions of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. The rule also means that any contractor convicted of an immigration law violation in the previous four years in Warren County, or in neighboring counties, will not be allowed to work for the township.
….. Chris Romano, vice president of the board of trustees, spearheaded the effort. Romano said the township’s $20 million budget buys a lot of goods and services, and the township should not work with businesses that break the law.
“It’s a chance for the township to be a part of the solution,” he said.
As far as Romano knows, Deerfield Township is the first township in Ohio to pass this type of measure.
This is a very good idea that I hope will spread quickly. I can’t wait to hear the squeals that will occur if someone proposes a law like this in a so-called “sanctuary city” (read “outlaw city”) like Michael Bloomberg’s New York or Gavin Newsom’s San Francisco. See Update.
UPDATE, May 2: I’m going to defer to the judgment and experience of Symmes Township Trustee Eric Minamyer as expressed in Comment 4, especially these excerpts of it –
….. My point is that the Deerfield trustees probably think they did something more than symbolism, which they did not, or worse they knew this was meaningless. Either way it shows a lack of statesmanship. It is especially troubling to claim to the â€œfirstâ€ as if the rest of us are slackers.
….. The current state law requires that a contractor certify as part of any contract with the state (which includes townships) that they obey the law including immigration laws. Deerfield could have simply added a clause to its contracts rather than pass this resolution. It doesnâ€™t add red tape it is just smoke and mirrors politics, which I hate. This could have been done without fanfare.
Based on what Eric is saying, what Deerfield has done has no real significance. That said, it seems like Eric’s suggestion of “add(ing) a clause to its contracts” would be a good idea, if for no other reason than to make it crystal-clear that employment of illegals doing work under government contracts had better not happen. It would be interesting to see what the response would be in the “sanctuary cities” if someone challenged them to do that.