Immigration and Printing — Accountability Matters
Noting that even a name/social security match solution would breed opportunities to exploit the system, Lindgren believes the best tactic is to formulate a system that provides an easier path to citizenship. “I’m hopeful for a reasonable approach to immigration reform,” he says.
For some, however, the question of illegal immigrants is a non-issue. Guynes Printing of El Paso, TX, is roughly three miles from its Mexican neighbor, Juarez. The last thing the old West Texas town of El Paso would want is any kind of restriction of the flow between the two cities.
“We do find that certain individuals get their training in Mexico, then they get their paperwork and come to the United States to improve their financial positions,” states Dave Tidball, vice president of sales and marketing at Guynes. “From an illegal immigration standpoint, we hardly hear anything about that within our industry.
“El Paso is predominantly Hispanic. It’s very important that we have strong relationships with our clients to the south. In our opinion, without Juarez, El Paso would be dirt roads.”
In fact, Guynes Printing sends its sales force into Mexico on a daily basis, in addition to immigrants from that country crossing the border to work at Guynes. Thus, the relationship between the countries is a two-way street, both figuratively and literally.
“I can’t stress enough that Mexico is extremely important to the El Paso community,” Tidball remarks. “In some cases, this whole immigration issue has been blown out of proportion.” PI