LatinaLista — The title of a new Arizona coalition sounds more like the name of an early morning talk show than an organized effort to combat the first fallout of the state’s do-it-yourself approach to immigration reform.
Yet, the 15-member, high-profile team of the Wake Up Arizona Coalition are hoping that they can make their fellow Arizonans see what the true repercussions of a new state law targeting businesses that hire undocumented workers really are.
The bill, signed into law this month by Arizona’s governor, goes into effect January 1, 2008. Basically, the law says that if a business is found to be out of compliance with the new law, it “allows a judge to suspend a firm’s license to do business for up to 10 days. A second violation in three years means permanent revocation.”
All of the coalition members are business owners who obviously have something to lose with this new law — their workers, and not just undocumented workers.
As the members of the coalition point out, it just won’t be the undocumented Latinos that will be out of jobs but the non-undocumented as well.
When a business loses a part of its workforce, it’s bound to impact the job security of the rest of the employees. It’s very easy to say or think that the displaced workers are easily replaceable but the sad truth in this country is that not everyone makes the same wages — nor do they exhibit the same work ethic for less money.
There are some who are on the low-end of the pay scale. Without them, businesses couldn’t run, or at the very least, stay affordable for the rest of us to enjoy their services or products.
It’s no understatement to say that all eyes will be on Arizona to see what the impact of this law will be.
At the very least, it will show that many people, American citizens, will not want to do back-breaking labor for minimum wage.
At the most, it will be a testament as to how much this economy really owes the undocumented labor force.