Ha! Though I'm kind of a radical environmentalist myself, well, go, Drew, ha! Glad you worked in the part about the VW moochers' taking us for a ride on our dime. Tennessee has quite a reputation for such suckerdom. Heaven help us all; the biz pigs done took over and are playing Monopoly with OUR money.
One other thing: Georgia peach and onion growers testified and/or stated for news media that they use a no-limit visa program to bring in legal "temporary" workers.
According to the reliable studies I've read, illegal aliens and their offpsring cost us taxpayers and will cost us taxpayers far more than they contribute. And the price we pay and will pay is in far more than money. This situation, in population growth alone, not even getting into the other damage, is destroying our nation. Our home.
This story is inaccurate. Tennessee did not pass any law requiring any employer to verify anyone's authorization to work in this country.
Tennessee does not require that any employers -- not even the state or state contractors -- use the federal E-Verify system or verify any documents hires or prospective hires give them in regard to work authorization.
Driver's licenses are not proof of work authorization. Illegal aliens have been able to obtain valid Tennessee driver's licenses, though they aren't supposed to get them, and some lawfully present foreign nationals can legally obtain driver's licenses here yet be unauthorized to work in this country.
Tennessee's laws on illegal labor are written as loopholes for the business lobby to keep doing what it's been doing as a enabler to illegal labor.
Tennessee is a jackpot-magnet for illegal labor and employers of illegal labor, because that's the way your legislature and your governors have wanted it. We will get even more of this activity, because the states around us are mandating use of E-Verify and passing other laws to demagnetize themselves to illegal immigration. Illegal labor there will migrate here.
Aside from job loss, the rest of us, with our tax dollars, subsidize low-wage illegal labor and the profits of those who employ it. These workers and their families cost us in everything from welfare programs, including the free school lunch program, to education to health care and more.
In addition, lawful presence is not the same thing as work authorization. Many people here legally on various visas are not authorized to work in this country and are illegal labor if employed here. Work authorization must be E-Verified, and the state must require this of all employers. Our state does not. Though not for lack of some of us trying to get and secure this true jobs program.