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Graves speaks on immigration reform, small business in Kahoka

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Many small businesses struggle to turn a profit and the biggest thing working against them may be the government.

Business owners say too many environmental or labor regulations restrict what they can do.

Another thing hurting American companies, illegal immigration.

Missouri Congressman Sam Graves was in the area Friday talking about how he hopes to address both concerns.

Gary Trump runs a commercial truck dealership in Kahoka.

But his workforce isn't as big as it once was. He's gone from 58 employees to 35, and he blames that on too many government regulations.

Trump says, "with continuing regulations, we're probably going to go down more. We're just tired of all the government step-ins that they do."

That's why Trump was eager to hear what Congressman Sam Graves had to say during a town hall meeting.

As Chairman of the Small Business Committee in the House, Graves wants to take a look at the costs and problems associated with so many regulations.

But he sees another obstacle for small business success, undocumented workers getting paid off the books.

He's proposed a new verification system requiring companies to prove the legal status of their new hires.

Rep. Graves says, "they do it off the grid, but that's just one of the things through E-Verify we want to make sure they have to run that individual name to make sure they are in this country illegally and they are who they say they are."

Businesses that hire illegal immigrants are getting around payroll taxes and the workers aren't paying taxes...and that's hurting companies and consumers.

"Absolutely it's unfair because we've got to pay payroll taxes. You know that's coming out of the system to pay them and it's not good," says Gary Trump.

Graves says, "It has an impact on everybody because a lot of illegals use services here in the United States they don't pay for, whether that's through the school system or through the healthcare system, or through our food distribution system, or food stamp programs, it costs all taxpayers and it just adds to those costs and those deficits that we see."

Graves recently introduced his bill, called the SAVE Act.

Besides requires businesses to verify new hires, it calls for tighter security along the border plus it clarifies and enforces existing immigration laws.

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