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Hiring Illegal Aliens by Erica Barnett KLRT FOX 16 (Arkansas), November 25, 2006 http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=89A7DB6F-1786- 4FBF-BA95-98CBB9BA9163 Some Arkansas businesses are listed on a website involving the issue of illegal immigration. The site, Wehirealiens.com, gives the names of 2,000 companies in 47 states that allegedly employ illegal immigrants. Fed up with businesses that hire illegal immigrants, some concerned Americans are turning to the internet. The California-based website lists 2,400 hundred companies in 47 states that allegedly employ undocumented workers. “The idea is to put the pressure on the employers. Right now the employers are the magnet that drives the illegal aliens across the country,” says Jason Mrocheck. Wehirealiens.com allows people to report suspected violators anonymously. The site warns people to verify the accuracy of their statements because they are being forwarded to federal authorities. The process concerns some immigrant rights advocates. “I believe that it's a form of vigilantism,” says Jerry Gonzalez. Jerry Gonzalez is executive director of Galeo, the Georgia association of elected officials. ”Its encouraging people to take the law into their own hands; we need a real solution for our failed federal immigration policy. And we need to do it in a comprehensive way the restores the rule of law,” says Gonzalez. The creators of wehirealiens.com say what they're doing is no different than a neighbor calling 911 after witnessing a crime. “This is the same as you or I going into the local police department and saying ‘you know I saw something suspicious. I don't know what to make of it, but here's what I saw.’ And when we do that, we're doing our civic duty,” says Mrochek. While congress continues to debate the next steps in immigration reform, private citizens from both sides are already taking action, from last summer's immigrant marches to citizen border patrols on the internet. For a list of the Arkansas companies mentioned on the site go to: We Hire Aliens.
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