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Target low-paying firms which attract illegals

 As we continue to berate the illegal Jamaicans, I think it is high time that the authorities look at the firms here that continue to hire them.

I have met many decent, polite young men and women working as security guards, who know that their jobs will last only for the period that they have been given on arrival at the airport, which is usually six months. They are obviously willing to work for low wages, to send home for their families, and are seen as good employees. 

Perhaps the firms that are employing them are unable to get local workers who are willing to work for what would be considered a small salary and the firms do not have to pay NIS (national insurance) and are not obligated to give them sick benefits, etc.

Let us face facts, if there were not places willing to employ illegals, these people would not be coming here to work. Why then are these firms—

factories, gas stations, security firms, etc—not being warned or charged? 

The illegal workers have their passports taken away, they are disgraced and treated with disrespect by the Immigration authorities, and the firms are free to employ another batch of illegals to replace them. 

E Smith

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