Congress Looks To Pass Legislation Allowing One Day Per Year That Immigrants Can Legally Cross Border Into US

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress Looks To Pass Legislation Allowing One Day Per Year That Immigrants Can Legally Cross Border Into US222

Illegal immigration has been a problem to the United States for several decades. As a nation founded my immigrants, we once welcomed people from all over the world to proudly call America their home. Now, with so many illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States, it has become more of a hot button issue than ever, further dividing the political parties.

Safeguards have been put into place to stop the rapid flow of illegal immigrants coming into America, but with all the manpower, programs, and arrests, congress says that the economy is suffering either way; If an immigrant finds their way in and maintains a job, a legal citizen is losing money. If they get caught, it takes hours of time and thousands of taxpayer dollars to make sure they are deported. A vicious circle that appeared would never end, may be meeting its fate this upcoming year.

Congress has reportedly begun work on new legislation, under which immigrants would be allowed to come to the United States without facing jail time or being deported, the caveat being that it would only be on one specific day each year, with the remainder of the year following the standard deportation laws.

Lawmakers say that their theory behind the change is that the strong workforce of  immigrants that will make it across the border one day per year can and will contribute greatly to our society. The legislation would rule that once in the United States, the aliens would register with their existing country’s identification, and be given a temporary green card, with the expectation they are able to find work, and maintain a job for at least 6 months. At the end of the 6 months, a specific form would need to be filled out by the immigrant’s employer, with information about whether or not they are considered a “vital employee.”

Lawmakers say that once the forms are filled out and checked by the state and federal governments, immigrants would be granted full citizenship. The whole process takes approximately 9 months. Immigrants who are not deemed to be of sufficient use to their employers would be deported.



Wal-Mart Laying Off Cashiers; Customers Must Use Self-Checkout Or Pay Fee

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas – Wal-Mart Laying Off Cashiers; Customers Must Use Self-Checkout Or Pay Fee

A Wal-Mart spokesperson has announced that the chain will be doing away with the majority of their cashiers and front-end staff in an attempt to further automate the check-out process. Shoppers will still be able to use an employee-manned register, but will be charged a ten percent convenience fee for doing so.

“We have gotten a lot of bad press recently about the wages we pay our employees. In light of this, we have decided to automate more of the functions in our Supercenters, which will alleviate some of the positions that are receiving this ‘insufficient pay’ that you’ve been reading about,” said Bill Harley, a representative for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

In total, Wal-Mart plans to lay off ninety percent of their cashier workforce. Most Supercenters are already equipped with self-checkout technology, and the plan is to double the number of machines they already have and almost totally eliminate the human element from their stores.

While the company feels that the move is both inevitable and a great way to cut payroll and insurance expenses, employees see it differently. Mary Ann Waltrip, a Wal-Mart employee of five years, is very angry about the announcement.

“This company would be nothing without their employees. We built this thing. It was our labor, our dedication, that made it possible for a little chain from Arkansas to grow into this giant. This is how they repay us? They cut us off like a tumor at the first opportunity? They cannibalized us. They used us for our backs and our livelihood, and now they are casting us aside.”

Employees aren’t the only ones feeling alienated by the shift in policy. Customers are agitated by the prospect of choosing between a machine that doesn’t have the best record of user-friendliness, or paying a fee to use a service that used to be free. Jim Bob Devereaux, a longtime Wal-Mart shopper, says he is considering a switch.

“Hell, I figure we pay for the cashiers when we buy their products. I ain’t using no damn computer to buy my goods. Next thing you know, they’ll be tracking my purchases and telling the government about how many boxes of bullets I bought this month. That’s none of their damn business. If Wal-Mart wants to treat customers and employees like we aren’t important, I’ll buy my bullets somewhere else.”

Wal-Mart has fielded some of the criticism for the new direction they are heading.

“When we employed all these people, all they did was complain about their jobs. Now that they are out of work, they vilify us for letting them go. When you are as big as we are as a company, there will be criticism no matter which course you take; so in this case, we are taking the course that will save us millions of dollars. If our former employees had valued their jobs, they could have kept them by not exposing us to so much bad publicity. You can’t bite the hand that feeds and expect to keep eating.”

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