For Immediate Release: July 6, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
ANGIE PACCIONE SUPPORTS TOUGH SPECIAL SESSION LEGISLATION
“We’re working overtime to protect taxpayer dollars and hold law-breakers accountable.”
DENVER—State Rep. Angie Paccione and other legislators rolled up their sleeves to tackle immigration reform in the first day of the special session. Paccione was vocal about stemming the tide of immigration by holding employers accountable for illegal hiring practices.
Among other bills she supported, Paccione co-sponsored HB-1017, which increases fines fivefold for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. Fines currently are $1,000 to $5,000, and the bill proposes fines from $5,000 to $25,000.
“If we’re serious about stopping illegal hiring—and we are—the fines ought to be serious as well,” Paccione said.
Paccione spearheaded an amendment to the bill establishing whistleblower protection for people who report illegal hiring practices.
Paccione also supports limiting state services to illegal immigrants, and legislation to do so is being discussed in the Senate.
“I oppose special benefits for illegal immigrants,” Paccione said, “But the main reason immigrants come here is jobs, so it’s crucial that we stop illegal hiring.”
Paccione was optimistic that substantial reform would come of the special session.
“We’ve already passed tough immigration reforms in the regular session, and now we’re working overtime to protect taxpayer dollars and hold law-breakers accountable,” Paccione said.