LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State House Democrats on Monday said they want to crack down on companies that hire illegal immigrants and give tax incentive preferences to businesses that hire only Michigan workers.This effort to restrict the hiring of illegal aliens, if true, is very good news. Have the Democrats finally gotten the message on illegal immigration?
Companies that hire illegal immigrants could get their state contracts canceled and be barred from getting future state work. Companies that hire illegal immigrants also could lose the tax incentives they've been awarded for creating jobs.
"Michigan tax dollars should not fund grants or tax incentives for businesses that hire people from other states and countries when Michigan residents have the training and expertise and need those jobs," Rep. Fred Miller, D-Mount Clemens, said in a statement.
The Democratic proposal would require businesses with contracts for construction of state buildings to hire 100 percent of their workers from Michigan. The current requirement is 50 percent, House Democrats said.
Restricting contracts to only Michigan employers seems like a bad idea. In doing so, the state may reject lower bids that will save taxpayers money. The difference between hiring out-of-state Americans and illegals is that illegals impose costs on society through crime and government spending that out-of-staters don't.
Perhaps next the Democrats can pass Jack Hoogendyk's bill to make English the official language of Michigan.