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FAIR CALLS ON NEW ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE STRONG COMMITMENT TO ENFORCE EMPLOYER SANCTIONS LAW

 Attorney General-Designate's Revelation Indicative
 of Widespread Abuse, FAIR Says
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform issued the following:
 The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) today called upon President-elect Clinton to affirm a strong commitment to upholding and enforcing the employer sanctions law. The call was prompted by the announcement yesterday that Attorney General- designate Zoe Baird has been in violation of the law prohibiting the employment of illegal immigrants.
 "The case of Ms. Baird is typical of the problem of enforcing laws against illegal immigration. Most people oppose illegal immigration, but they like being able to hire cheap illegal immigrant workers," commented Dan Stein, executive director of FAIR. "The problem is that it denies U.S. citizens and legal immigrants the opportunity to find work at fair wages."
 Employer sanctions are aimed at protecting the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers. "In the wake of the revelation that his choice for the nation's chief law enforcement officer has flouted the employer sanctions law, it is essential that President-elect Clinton make a strong statement in support of protecting American workers. Clinton has repeatedly talked about the need to stop the flow of jobs leaving the United States. It is equally important that he take a firm stand with regard to jobs that are being lost to illegal aliens here at home," said Stein.
 "Laws to protect the rights and wages of U.S. workers may not always be convenient for yuppies who want cheap nannies, but they are on the books to ensure that American workers cannot be bypassed in favor of cheap, docile illegal alien labor," said Stein. "This episode provides the new president and the new attorney general with an opportunity to reaffirm some very important principles with regard to immigration law. If it is dealt with constructively, a potential embarrassment could be turned into an opportunity."
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 /CONTACT: Louisa Parker of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, 202-328-7004/


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