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November 22, 2006

Chamber comes out against Metro ‘anti’ immigration plans

By Jared Allen, jallen@nashvillecitypaper.com, November 21, 2006

“Voicing strong opposition to a group of hotly debated immigration bills, The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with its new president, Ralph Schulz, has waded into the Metro Council immigration fray.

The Chamber announced that its Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing three immigrant-related legislative measures being considered by the Council – an English-first ordinance, a bill to hold landlords responsible for knowingly renting to illegal immigrants, and one that would punish businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

According to the Chamber, the bills “would negatively impact economic development, position Nashville as non-inclusive and unwelcoming to immigrants, pose enforcement challenges and prove costly for Metro should it be required to defend the constitutionality of such ordinances.“

The bills are scheduled to be heard on second reading at tonight’s Metro City Council meeting.

“Current federal immigration law already contains civic penalties for hiring and harboring undocumented workers. Making a public statement locally is unnecessary and would have a direct and negative effect on Nashville’s ability to attract and retain companies that have a multi-ethnic workforce or customer base,” Schultz said in a Chamber press release…”.

http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=9&screen=news&news_id=53350

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 22, 2006 06:50 AM

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