Some business leaders in Aspen, Colorado, are advocating for federal immigration reform that will allow them to preserve the resort town’s supply of low-wage labor while loosening laws that penalize businesses for employing illegal workers, according to the Aspen Daily News.
Warren Klug, the chair of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association’s board of directors, told the newspaper he recently met with both of the state’s senators in addition to local congressman to discuss the issue. Klug has also written a resolution supporting immigration reform, advocating for a more secure border with Mexico, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are already living in the US and discontinuing use of the federal E-Verify system until a path is in place.
“The issue is that on the federal level, immigration and employment issues are a mess,” he told the board, according to the news source.
However, the source said that while some board members supported Klug’s resolution, they ultimately decided not to vote on it because it didn’t clearly specify how Aspen businesses want to change immigration laws.
E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows employers to determine the immigration status of their workers. South Carolina lawmakers recently proposed changes to state law that would require all businesses to use the federal database when hiring new employees.