IMMIGRATION MADNESS….Finally! Colorado has found an immigration proposal that both sides in the debate can agree on. That is, they can both agree that it’s loathsome:
Ever since passing what its Legislature promoted as the nation’s toughest laws against illegal immigration last summer, Colorado has struggled with a labor shortage as migrants fled the state. This week, officials announced a novel solution: Use convicts as farmworkers.
….Advocates on both sides of the immigration debate said they were stunned by the proposal.
“If they can’t get slaves from Mexico, they want them from the jails,” said Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, which favors restrictions on immigration.
Ricardo Martinez of the Denver immigrant rights group Padres Unidos asked: “Are we going to pull in inmates to work in the service industry too? You won’t have enough inmates — unless you start importing them from Texas.”
Congratulations, Colorado! You’re a uniter, not a divider.
On another note, the story also reports that “more stringent requirements put into effect last year made it harder to get a driver’s license.” Boy howdy, is that true. A friend of ours recently moved to Colorado and has apparently been almost completely unable to transact any business with the state because they need multiple forms of IDs and won’t accept hers. Her passport is an unacceptable form of identification. Crikey.