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Contractors find ways around ban on illegals

To The Daily: Regarding the Decatur resolution to remind the city about a penalty for hiring illegals: The key world here is “knowingly” hiring illegals. I live in California, ground zero for illegal immigration. I see what I know are illegal aliens working on public works. What contractors to the city do is get illegal alien workers through subcontractors to get around the law. It happens here and, for the most part, the cities allow this with a wink and a nod. Decatur will find this to be the case in the future. The contractors will claim they didn’t know the subcontractor was using illegal alien labor. The city will also pass the buck.

It costs my state $10.5 billion a year to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens so contractors can make more money.

In 10 years, we have lost 100 emergency rooms because illegal aliens use them as free health clinics. Our crowded prison population is comprised of 23 percent of illegal aliens.

Illegal immigration causes inner-city decay and the resulting urban expansion. We are rapidly losing farmland, horse property and wilderness.

It is a sad state of affairs when we have to pass laws and ordinances to enforce existing laws.

Haydee Pavia
Laguna Woods, Calif.

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