Saturday, July 10, 2010

working in the United States illegally -- you're fired!

New York Times --

Present Obama in a speech last week explained a two-step immigration policy where he promises tough enforcement against illegal immigration in the workplace and at the border while at the same time the enforcement on illegal aliens creates no drama, no trauma, no families being torn apart and no handcuffs."

Part of the new strategy is called "silent raids" where instead of sending large number of federal agents into a business and arresting the illegal aliens that happened to be on the premises at the time, a "quieter" and more cost effective method of enforcement is to send several federal agents into the business and scour the company's records for illegal immigrants.

Over the past year, ICE has conducted audits of employee files at more than 2900 companies and the agency has levied a record of $3 million in civil fines so far this year.

The audit forces businesses to fire every suspected illegal immigrant on the payroll, not just those that happened to be on the premises at the time of the raid. There are no arrests, no deportation and therefore no families are separated as a result of the raids.
" Even if discovered, illegal aliens are allowed to walk free and seek employment elsewhere” said Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “This lax approach is particularly troubling,” he said, “at a time when so many American citizens are struggling to find jobs."


John Morton, the head of ICE, said the goal of the audits is to create "a culture of compliance" among employers and leaves it up to the employers to fire workers who documents cannot be validated.

well, that's one of the things that "we" wanted was to take away the carrot that attracts illegal aliens to the country.

By making employers more accountable, should make it a little bit harder for illegal aliens to find work within the country. however, do you feel that the illegal aliens who are discovered as a result of these raids should just be allowed to walk free?

What about criminal charges against somebody using a stolen Social Security number or deliberately falsifying the INS I-9 form?

Isn't that a federal crime?

At least (even though the federal government profits from it) it's a step in the right direction.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin,

I'm writing this to bring to your attention what might be a couple of minor typos:

This sentence doesn't quite make sense to me as it stands:

"Over the past year, ICE has conducted audits of employee files at more than 2900 companies and the agency has levied a record of $3 million in civil fines so far this year are businesses that hired illegal aliens."

Maybe it's just me but the part in bold seems like it does not fit.

and:

"John Morton, the head of ICE, said the goal of the oddities to create "a culture of compliance" among employers and leaves it up to the employers to fire workers who documents cannot be validated."

Did you mean to write "oddities" or "audits is". Maybe it was a pun.

Would have sent this via e-mail but I didn't see an e-mail addr on your blog. Feel free to remove this comment if you want ( and if blogger will let you ).

2:03 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Anon,

no, thank you very much for pointing those mistakes out to me.

Most of the time, I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking which is a voice-text program to dictate my blog and there are times when Dragon is just in a weird mood and does not dictate what I tell it and I don't catch the mistakes.

So yes, I really do appreciate it when somebody takes the time to point out errors to me.

Thank you

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