As a former farm owner that utilized seasonal farm labor for 22 years to harvest cherries and prune trees, the Catch-22 that farm business owners face just got tougher when King Obama dictated new immigration policy. That policy: Do not enforce laws duly passed by Congress. Ignore law, not policy, and apply that blockage of law to only those whom were 16 years of age or younger when they were "forced" by their family to violate our immigration laws.
Convenient timing before an election for this "keep-no-promises-made-to-Hispanics" president that could have easily accomplished much more than this when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress the first two years of Obama's term. Can the Hispanic community be bribed for votes so easily? Obama is betting it can!
For employers already facing an impossible task trying to ascertain legality of their employees, this mandate just created a new layer of problems. For years, all illegals had to do was present fake identification to the Washington Department of Motor Vehicles and receive a completely legal driver's license or identification card. Then, use that as one piece of identification in part for complying with an I-9 form. Will this new class of non-deportable residents sign up for such scrutiny for new work permits with the feds? Doubtful -- there is much to distrust when the government says it is here to help you!
The INS already has failed miserably at documentation and the process to become a citizen takes a lot of money and years of delay. By the time this group of 1.2 million (not the 800,000 originally announced) undocumented aliens gets proper federal clearance for work permits, they will be too old to work! Ever see government get anything right when it comes to guessing numbers? Check government spending for proof.
But, as long as Obama influences the Hispanic population to vote for him, then the rule of law is dispensable! Good luck, employers! Now you know just one of the reasons I got out after 50 years of living on a farm and farming in the Ringold area.
-- Kent McMullen, Pasco