Monday, July 02, 2007

As Brad said to Frankenfurter: "What have you done to Janet?!"

I fear that Pod People have taken over the mind and/or body of our beloved Gov! It seems that she has decided to sign the Employer Sanctions Bill:

Napolitano signs employee sanctions bill

Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a bill Monday which experts say will create the toughest sanctions in the country for companies that "knowingly" hire illegal immigrants, breaking from some political allies in the business community who have opposed the measure. In a statement Napolitano said, "Immigration is a federal responsibility, but I signed HB 2779 because it is now abundantly clear that Congress finds itself incapable of coping with the comprehensive immigration reforms our country needs. "I signed it, too, out of the realization that the flow of illegal immigration into our state is due to the constant demand of some employers for cheap, undocumented labor."
She goes on to point out several flaws in the bill, including issues with potential discrimination against legal workers. She is willing to call a special session to remedy this and other problems.
I can't believe that our Governor has approved a bill she clearly admits is seriously flawed. I know she doesn't fear the legislature, she has never had a problem vetoing bad legislation before (and there has been no lack of bad legislation, believe me).

Now I agree that those employers that knowingly hire illegal immigrants should face punishment, but to put them permanently out of business on the second offense is a violation of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. Funny how the right felt that Scooters 30 month jail sentence for obstruction of justice was too severe but yet feel a 'death sentence' is fine for a second offense.

Why would Janet acquiesce to the Dark Side? Could it be that she is hedging her bets and look for some sort of cabinet position or better in a future Democratic administration?

Come on, Janet. We were hoping that you'd keep this 'Riff-Raff' legislation from becoming law!


Man Eegee said...

I don't know what's worse, the fact that she signed the bill or that she's trying to have it both ways by talking about her "displeasure" with it. She should not have signed it if she had fundamental problems with it.

I was telling co-workers yesterday that I had a hunch she would do this. Didn't make the shock any less, though, when it actually happened.

AZW88 said...

What bothers me is that she is willing to spend $$$ for the legislature to come back to fix a seriously flawed piece of legislation when she could have just vetoed it stating what was wrong with it anc challenge them to put out a better bill next term. Paying the likes of Pearce and Weiers to come back to muck things up even more, and you know they will, is just stupid.