Worker permits for illegals aim of bill
March 31, 2012
Two California lawmakers, a Republican and Democrat, have introduced a measure to grant work permits to undocumented immigrants who have been living in the state for years. (Sacramento Bee)
“We’re tired of waiting for a federal solution,” said the pair, Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) and V. Manuel Perez, (D-Coachella), adding that they believe it is time to end the chants of “Deport them all!” from the right, and “Amesty for all!” from the left.
Their plan, AB1544, would create a permit process allowing for workers in industries where not enough California residents are willing to take open jobs, such as janitorial work and housekeeping. The plan wound need endorsement from federal authorities if it passes the statehouse. And participants must undergo a background check and be proficient in, or learning, the English language.
The bill would allow businesses to hire such worked in agriculture and service industries. No hearings on the bill have yet been set.