Obama’s half right on this immigration policy…
I’m no particular fan of Arizona’s SB1070. I support it since we passed it, but I really think there are better ways to accomplish the laudable – and achievable – end of dramatically reducing the number of illegal aliens in the US and doing it in a way that reduces the probability of overturning the legislation and then having to wait out the appeals process. The way to get the job done is this:
- Require employers to have a current E-Verify form on every employee AND 1099 contractor.
- No E-Verify, $1,000 fine per occurrence.
- For each illegal alien employed at said firm, a $10,000 fine and a felony count that cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor with a plea agreement.
- The fine and the felony attaches to the business owner if a sole prop, and to the Board of Directors and the highest ranking local officer of a public company.
Given that construction and hospitality are two of the largest employers of illegal aliens, the job market will dry up after the first high profile arrest of a business owner. If you’ve got a felony conviction you can’t get a business license, a contractor’s license or a liquor license. You don’t even have to round up the illegals, they’ll be gone to greener pastures – as in someplace that will hire them – in a New York minute. Do it on the federal level and the Canadians will be demanding border fences. And one forensic accountant can do more to enforce immigration law than 10,000 Border Patrol Agents and a Battalion of National Guard.
Now, given that I’m an Arizona resident and real hard ass on this issue, I would expand the above law, actually write separate laws, to treat housing and public education in exactly the same manner.
OK, so why would I sort of pat TheBoyPresident™ on the back on the immigration issue? Because of this:
BREWSTER, Wash. — The Obama administration has replaced immigration raids at factories and farms with a quieter enforcement strategy: sending federal agents to scour companies’ records for illegal immigrant workers.
While the sweeps of the past commonly led to the deportation of such workers, the “silent raids,” as employers call the audits, usually result in the workers being fired, but in many cases they are not deported.
Over the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted audits of employee files at more than 2,900 companies. The agency has levied a record $3 million in civil fines so far this year on businesses that hired unauthorized immigrants, according to official figures. Thousands of those workers have been fired, immigrant groups estimate.
Now, the fines aren’t big enough and there are no felony charges for hiring, but apparently this little effort is pretty effective.
Employers say the audits reach more companies than the work-site roundups of the administration of President George W. Bush. The audits force businesses to fire every suspected illegal immigrant on the payroll— not just those who happened to be on duty at the time of a raid — and make it much harder to hire other unauthorized workers as replacements. Auditing is “a far more effective enforcement tool,” said Mike Gempler, executive director of the Washington Growers League, which includes many worried fruit growers.
“Instead of hundreds of agents going after one company, now one agent can go after hundreds of companies,” said Mark K. Reed, president of Border Management Strategies, a consulting firm in Tucson that advises companies across the country on immigration law. “And there is no drama, no trauma, no families being torn apart, no handcuffs.”
And, I would note, NO JOB OPPORTUNITIES for illegals.