Gordon Smith - has a problem. He has hired and profited from the work of illegal immigrants at his food processing business, Smith Foods.
Research shows that for decades, Smith repeatedly hired undocumented workers, or workers with fake documents, or refused to photocopy workers documents in order to confound immigration officials trying to investigate him.
Smith is therefore profiting from the exploitation of illegal immigrants, but he is also engaged in a defacto denial of those jobs to Americans or legal immigrants, for that matter.
To defend his ability to hire illegal immigrants, Smith has voted against:
1. Tougher penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants
Tougher employment protection for undocumented workers- so they cannot be exploited by employers like Gordon Smith
Voted against increased funding for Employer enforcement.
Gordon Smith - purposefully undermining our immigration laws.
by Sarah Lane, Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 01:56:04 PM EDT
In just three days, Oregonians will be making their choice in the highly contested Senate race. Oregon is a vote by mail state and ballots will begin dropping this FRIDAY. Obama is up 17 points here and there's no question in my mind that he will carry Oregon. The Oregon Senate race is a different story. Follow me below the fold to find out why it's so important that we all come together to elect progressive Democrat Jeff Merkley.
Full disclosure, I am the netroots director for OR-Sen candidate Jeff Merkley