One of the huge problems that Americans face today is what to do about the illegals. Even though many have integrated into society, blending in as if they belong, many are still hopping the fence or swimming the river just to drain the taxpayers’ coffers and enjoy the land of the free and home of the brave without standing in line.
While there have been many plans floated as to how to deal with the problem, the one that makes the most sense is to stop incentivizing the lawbreakers and those who facilitate them. In order to do that, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement have to make sure that business owners aren’t taking advantage of an illegal’s undocumented status and paying them under the table for jobs that they would have to pay others more for.
According to The Washington Examiner, that’s exactly what they’re planning to do. ICE will be investigating employers and making sure that our illegal population starts to have less incentive to break the law by living here and getting a job on the down low:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is prepared to criminally prosecute illegal immigrants in the workplace, as well as those employers who hire them.
‘While we focus on the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, under the current administration’s enforcement priorities, workers encountered during these investigations who are unauthorized to remain in the United States are also subject to administrative arrest and removal from the country,’ ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said in an email to the Washington Examiner.
Basically, they’re saying that they know people make mistakes, and it’s hard to spot forged papers, but some people are doing this knowingly and intentionally. No doubt ICE has had their eye on some businesses that were aiding illegals but were forced to wait on a law enforcement friendly political climate in order to act on their intel.
“This week, acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said his agency will increase workplace immigration enforcement effort four to five times the level current.
According to Bennett, that includes pursing more investigations and ‘conducting more I-9 audits.’
An I-9 form is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization for someone to be hired to work in the U.S.
Data provided to the Washington Examiner shows that from Feb. 9, 2016, to June 24, 2017, ICE arrested 42 people in management and 55 people in non-management for criminal immigration violations, and all but 15 were indicted and convicted. The highest amount in the past few years was in fiscal 2011 under former President Barack Obama, when ICE arrested 221 people in management and 492 in non-management, for a total of 713 — there has been a relatively steady decline in the years following.
On ICE’s website, it still has policy posted from 2013, which was revised and instituted in 2009 under Obama. That policy aims to target employers that use illegal immigrants as a business model, mistreat their workers, engaged in human smuggling or trafficking, commit identity and benefit fraud, launder money or engage in other criminal activity.
Regardless of the online policy, ICE under the Trump administration said it’s ready to go forward with continued crackdowns on illegal immigration — which was a cornerstone of the president’s campaign.
ICE officials were not able to describe what industries commit the most violations or what states have more violations than others.
‘All businesses, regardless of size, industry or geographic location, are expected to comply with the law,’ Bennett said.”
It’s ludicrous that this was an issue that was ever up for debate, considering that it’s just the simple act of enforcing the law. The United States has laws for the purpose of keeping its citizens safe, but some of those on the liberal side of the spectrum seem to be more interested in importing new voters than protecting the people already here.
These problems are especially prevalent in notoriously liberal states, where everyone is considered a monster if they don’t have a profusely bleeding heart. Downtrend reports that the problem is massive in California especially:
“This isn’t going to go over well in California where cheap illegal alien labor is rampant from produce pickers to Silicon Valley and cries of racism and Nazism will soon be emanating from the Chamber of Commerce and Democrat politicians who run the state with an iron fist.
ICE’s efforts will be a big help in improving the employment prospects of Americans but they also must be coupled with a federal crackdown on the H1-B visas that have allowed the leftist kooks who run all of the biggest social media and internet companies to bring in cheap overseas labor and screw American workers.
An increase in enforcement against the employers of the illegals is yet another message that there is a new sheriff in town.”
No matter what you think about immigrants, we must understand that turning a blind eye to breaking the law will only bring lawbreakers into the safe haven that is the United States. Thankfully President Trump is working hard to untie the hands of law enforcement and make this country safe, and great, once again.
[H/T: The Washington Examiner, Downtrend]
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