Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Unauthorized Workers Give Scofflaw Employers Competitive Edge

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"Competing with companies that hire immigrants who aren’t authorized to work in the U.S. is tough for a small business that follows the law because of the cost.  Often, businesses pay ineligible workers less, and they also save on taxes.

Sixty-eight percent of business owners surveyed this past month by the advocacy group Small Business Majority said too many companies gain an unfair advantage by hiring immigrants who aren’t eligible to work in the U.S.  In 2008, the Pew Research Hispanic Center estimated 8.3 million people were working in the U.S. without permission.  Estimates put the total number of people in the U.S. without permission at about 11 million.  The issue is in the forefront as lawmakers propose ideas to reform the country’s immigration laws.

“What small businesses want the most is a level playing field where they can compete fairly,” says John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority.  “Unless