NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There are several influences for Richard Fischer's interest in immigration law, including family.
"Here is my grandfather, Adolf Fischer. His daddy came from Germany," shared Fischer. "This picture and the other one of him which is over there are sitting here to tell me we are all immigrants."
Fischer translates Arizona's experience to what could happen in East Texas. His biggest, long term concern is the message heard by the nation's fastest growing race. "We don't like you and we don't want you. And what does that do?," asked Fischer. "That creates for the long term bad relations, just like white and black people are trying to get over, over the last 200 years."
Fischer believes East Texas can't afford that sentiment. "The truth of the matter is in East Texas we need undocumented people to do a lot of work, particularly out in the woods and in the chicken houses and in places like that where you simply won't find U.S. Workers," said Fischer.
Desperate employers frequently ask Fischer to obtain visas for their workers. Right now the effort isn't worth Fischer's or a client's time or money.
"People say why don't they just get in line like the rest of everybody else. There is no line," Fischer explained. "There is so much required documentation that employers simply can't do it."
Fischer calls the immigration laws 'antiquated'. He supports efforts that will modernize the way temporary workers obtain permission to work in the United States.
Fischer foresees national employment eligibility cards, even stricter border patrol and stiffer fines for employers who hire illegals.
There are also proposed compassionate measures for the 12 million undocumented people living in the U.S. And their 4 million children born on American soil.
"No matter how you look at it we can't throw them out. Humanitarian reasons, economic reasons, we can't do it," said Fischer.
Fischer is watching closely a piece of legislation called the 'Dream Act.' It proposes legal documentation for any immigrant who came to the U.S. before age 16, graduates from high school and pursues a higher education. The measure is receiving bi partisan support.