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Councilman Proposes Illegal Immigrant Ordinance

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The solution for illegal immigration has sparked nationwide controversy for months. Now a Kennewick City Council Member wants to tackle the problem from the ground up.

Last week Hazleton, PA caused a stir across the country when its passed an ordinance punishing people who do business with illegal immigrants.

Some people were enraged, but others envisioned the new law as template for their own city.

Illegal immigrants often find work in the Tri-Cities' agriculture and food processing industry, but Kennewick City Councilman Bob Parks said local illegal aliens manipulate the system.

"It's a disservice to the people who have waited in line and have got the documentation, they've done they're time and are they're here legally. Documented workers come here and provide a great service," said Parks.   

Next week Parks plans to propose Kennewick adopt identical legislation passed in Hazleton, PA. Essentially if you rent to an illegal alien or give them a job the city would fine you $1,000 a day until you stopped.

The proposal is still in its beginning stages, but some city staff said, as it is now, they have reservations.

"There's some conclusion made in there that illegal immigration or illegal aliens are responsible for increased crime. It's vulnerable to make generalizations of that nature without verifying without data and research," said John Ziobro, Kennewick City Attorney.    

And some people think the ordinance goes too far.

"We got way too much stuff going on where people who aren't citizens are being pulled in pushed around and taken advantage of and that's not part of what America is," said Stan Vaneck, Kennewick City Resident. 

But Parks said he realizes this may not be the popular thing to do.

"I'm not trying to bring a black eye to the city and said, Hey, we're doing this, but somebody has got to do it. Nobody in this area has done it yet, we'll see what happens," Parks said.