“I certainly feel employers are obligated to follow the law. But it’s not employers’ responsibility to enforce the law. It means they cannot be fully expected to be able to identify a phony ID from a valid ID.”
Dan Meuser 3/7/08 Scranton Times-Tribune
by: Joe Leonardi
Dan Meuser is a candidate seeking the republican nomination to represent the PA 10th in Congress. Because my business is in the district I am interested in the primary, however since I do not reside in the 10th, I can not vote for or against Mr Meuser.
Recently it has been reported that Mr.Meuser’s company, back in 1997, was fined for hiring three illegal immigrants. Out of the thousands of people that Pride has hired since the Meuser family has taken over, an incident over the hiring of only three illegal immigrants should be no big deal.
Due to one major misstep it now will become one.
Dan Meuser has come out as the tough on illegal immigration candidate. Yet, he does not seem to have truly researched the issue. In addition to this misstep look at his position section on illegal immigration, it states, “Before any immigrant can become a United States Citizen, we should require them to read, write, and speak English.”
Dan you are running for Congress, you should be aware this is already taking place.
One, the test is given in English. Unless it has changed since my father took it, he needed a basic, functional familiarity with the English language to pass.
Two, check the USICS web site under redesigned test, the new test effective this year, makes a better understanding of English even more of a necessity.
Three, illegal immigrants aren’t the ones applying for citizenship — so this little caveat has no place in a position with the heading “Combating Illegal Immigration.”
It appears for all the money Meuser has spent on his team they are operating like a bunch of rank amateurs.
This flap over hiring illegal immigrants should never have happened, it should be a non-issue. Now it will be an issue. Why?
It is not the fact that Pride hired illegal immigrants.
It is not the fact that they were fined.
It is the fact that he was not the one to disclose it.
If I were on Meuser’s team this 1997 incident would have been a huge advantage. Instead, now, it appears that it may provide a hindrance to Dan Meuser becoming the republican nominee.
But Joe, how could an anti-illegal immigrant candidate use the fact that his company hired and was fined for hiring illegal immigrants as an advantage? Isn’t it better to avoid it and hope no one finds out?
No! From President Nixon to Congressman Sherwood the lesson that no one in politics ever seems to learn is — that the cover-up is worse than either an actual or perceived scandal. Right now the perception is that Dan Meuser, while not actively covering it up, hoped that no one would have learned about this — which again reeks of amateurism.
If you are going to claim the mantle of immigration enforcer, common sense would have told you this was going to come out.
Who is advising Mr. Meuser? Dan, whoever it is — fire them.
How would I have turned this to Dan’s advantage? Simple, one of his first commercials should have gone something like this:
I am Dan Meuser and I’m running for congress.
Several years ago my business was the victim of the current failure in our immigration policy. Our company unknowingly hired three people who were in this country illegally. Utilizing forged identification documentation they secured employment with my company.
When their ruse was uncovered, at my direction we cooperated fully with the INS and payed a substantial fine. As a result we upgraded our employee screening process. However, this was allowed to occur, and may occur again, because of the failure of our government to control our borders.
My family’s business was the victim of inept illegal immigration legislation and enforcement. To ensure this does not happen to any business in the future I ask for your vote.
Send me to Washington D.C. so that our country’s borders will be protected.
Send me to Washington so no other individual, small business owner or company will be the victim of illegal immigration.
The above simple commercial would have:
One – demonstrated Dan Meuser’s honesty and integrity.
Two – demonstrated the he is a leader by taking the steps necessary to internally rectify the situation.
Three – avoid the insinuation that Mr. Meuser was hiding something and not give ammunition to his primary and general election opponents.
Four – identified a reason hirings like this may occur.
Five – give voters the chance to end the current government’s failures by electing Mr. Meuser.
By not addressing this issue head on, the Meuser Campaign has opened itself up to a full frontal assault. If his opponent in the primary does not attack and exploit, Congressman Carney will.
It is not too late for the Meuser Campaign to rectify its’ errors, but he needs to get away from the D.C. management and start counting on local people for his advise.
Those D.C. hired guns do not care if Mr. Meuser wins. They only care about advancing their own careers. Whether Dan Meuser or Mayor Lou Barletta in the 11th win is irrelevant to the beltway boys, the fact that they brought in “promising” candidates is enough to advance their careers.
Unfortunately, that advancement will come at the expense of the candidates.