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CEOs urge Arizona to forgo immigration measures

Dozens of major Arizona employers are urging state lawmakers to not pass additional legislation targeting illegal immigration, saying it would damage the economy and tourism industry.

A letter signed by CEOs of major employers and several business and civic groups says Arizona should be pushing for federal action on immigration and border issues.

The letter says “unintended consequences” occur when the state “goes it alone” on illegal immigration, including boycotts and other fallout on businesses.

Signers in the letter distributed Wednesday by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce include heads of construction companies, hospitals, real estate developers and US Airways.

The Senate is poised to considering various bills on illegal immigration, including measures on citizenship, driving, hiring and using public services.

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4 comments

  1. Sorry CEO’s ,but your “bottom line” doesn’t trump the tremendous financial burden that illegal immigration places on the tax payers of this country, not to mention the diminished quality of life that we all endure as an added consequence.

  2. I want a list of those CEOs so that I can STOP PATRONIZING ANY OF THEIR BUSINESSES!! Hello??? NO!!! We will not let up! We will not quit! ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS KILLING OUR COUNTRY AND ARIZONA! I pray that Russell Pearce does not quit!!!

  3. I’m not sure where in AZ you live CAV44 but I have never experienced the “diminished quality of life” you speak about and blame on immigrants. And those immigrants work, many of them pay taxes and they will do the jobs those fortunate enough to be born in the U.S. will not do.
    I truly believe we have been sold a bill of goods that “immigrants” are what has destroyed the AZ economy. In my opinion, the banks and investors that caused a housing bubble, and then caused that bubble to burst are to blame. But we have no way to hold them accountable and it’s easy to make immigrants a scapegoat.

  4. To Elizabeth Savino: The ‘diminished quality of life’ refers to the erosion of the ability for a person who works for a living to make ends meet. This, in turn, reduces the working person’s ability to consume. As you undoubtedly know, the ability of people to consume is a most critical factor in a healthy economy.

    You make no distinction between ‘legal’ immigrants and ‘illegal’ immigrants. The United States has laws which are designed to protect it citizens from many potential external hazards, many of which are economic. Therefore, it is remiss for you to lump legal immigrants and illegal immigrants together – simply calling them ‘immigrants’. The laws on immigration are there for a purpose; that purpose is being defeated when you call for illegal immigrants to be treated the same as legal immigrants.

    Indeed, we, the citizens of this country, have been sold a bill of goods as you state – that illegal immigrants ‘will do the jobs that US citizens will not do’. There is truth to this, but lets complete the whole truth. Illegal immigrants will do the jobs that US citizens will not do for wages appropriate for slave labor.

    Elizabeth, in a free market place, employers will pay whatever wage it takes to get the job done. US citizens will do that job – but not at a slave’s rate of pay. Why can’t you understand this? US citizens simply want to make ends meet.

    The CEO’s who signed that letter are damaging our economy by refusing to play by the rules of the free market place. Yes, they are CHEATING. Instead of paying livable wages to current US citizens, they are insisting on controlling the labor market by encouraging illegal immigration and paying slave wages. This is what I hear when a person says that illegal immigrants will do the work that US citizens will not do.

    Another problem that is being created by these short-sighted CEOs is that the children of these slaves are going to want living wages – therefore the labor market is going to flooded with somewhat educated individuals unable to find work – and this adds to the considerable burden on the tax base, including more crime.

    Neither CAV44 or R Jones are blaming ‘immigrants’ per se; YOU are reading ‘blame’ into their texts. The blame really should be assessed to the CEOs and the politicians who do not see any moral considerations in their insistence on paying wages fit for a slave in today’s American society.

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