Rep. John A. Boccieri (D-OH)

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"The immigration issue is deeply personal to my family and me. My grandparents are first generation Americans who came to this great Nation with little more than the clothes on their backs. They came to America to pursue the great promise of the American Dream and to try to make a better life for their children and future generations. My grandparents, like millions of others, immigrated to this country and do so safely and legally.

"Illegal immigrants come to this country for the same reasons my grandparents did so many years ago. They come looking for jobs, to be reunited with family, and a better way of life. Many put their own lives at risk just to pursue opportunities.

"Today, the current immigration system in the United States is broken. By all best estimates there are about 12 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the US today. Illegal immigrants represent about 5% of the nation's workforce.

"Ohioans are also impacted by the illegal immigration problem. The US Census reports that nearly 72 percent of the population increase in Ohio over the last ten years is directly attributable to immigrants.

"The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that in 2005 there were an estimated 75,000 to 150,000 illegal aliens living in Ohio and we rank 20th in the nation among illegal alien populations in the United States.

"The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates in 2004 that Ohio taxpayers spent $183.2 million per year on illegal aliens and their children in public schools.

"Illegal immigration is a serious problem facing our nation, our state and our families. We are in need of leadership and few, if any, solutions have been offered.

"That's why I proposed an amendment on the Senate floor today that would hold businesses that break the law and engage in hiring illegal immigrants accountable.

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"More and more states across the country are adopting similar pieces of legislation. Just as we hold individuals who break the law accountable, we can no longer afford to ignore punishment for those businesses who also engage in illegal activities. It is not fair to law abiding businesses. It is not fair to our workers. And is it not fair to the taxpayers in this state to allow this practice to go unchecked any longer.

"Ohio jobs and our economy are under duress. More and more businesses here are shipping jobs overseas. Now businesses are breaking the law to hire illegal workers who take jobs from suffering Ohio working families.

"The immigration system is broken and we must do more to bring this problem under control. My legislation provides this leadership and I look forward to engaging in this conversation in the weeks and months ahead." -John Boccieri

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