Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 19th, 2017
ICE made a pledge to massively increase employer raids for illegal aliens.
The acting director of ICE said that he is going to order the agency’s investigators to look for businesses that hire illegal aliens, while speaking to an audience at the Heritage Foundation reports Lifezette.
“We’re taking work site enforcement very hard this year,” he said after delivering a speech defending the overall efforts of his agency and President Donald Trump. “We’ve already increased the number of inspections and work site operations. You’re going to see that significantly increase the next fiscal year.”
Asplundh Tree Expert, a nationwide tree-trimming service, gained much unwanted attention several weeks ago when the government hit it with a $95 million fine for knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
So far, that has been the exception, not the rule.
Homan acknowledged that aggressive border security by itself will be insufficient to get the illegal alien invasion under control.
“Unless you remove the magnets … they’re gonna keep coming,” he said. “As long as they’re coming to get a job, they’ll try to come. So we are stepping up work site enforcement.”
Supporters of strict immigration control cheered at his comments.
“We’d love to see that happen … That has been a missing ingredient in Trump immigration enforcement,” said Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA.
Chmielenski said that until Obama’s second term began, that immigration regularly enforced workplace immigration laws, but enforcement had been nonexistent during the last 4 years of the Obama regime.
“People come here to get jobs,” he said. “And the government allows them to get jobs because they don’t enforce job site violations. And employers don’t worry about it because they know there will be no enforcement.”
At the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which has long called for more attention to the issue, spokesman Ira Mehlman said he hopes Homan follows through.
“It’s certainly encouraging that they’re going to step up workplace enforcement,” he said. “One thing everybody agrees on is jobs are the great magnet for illegal immigrants.”
Mehlman and Chmielenski both said that enforcement would be easier if Congress required all businesses to use the E-Verify system, which confirms that job applicants are authorized to work legally in the United States. A bill sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) would do just that.
Even without E-Verify, Mehlman said, high-profile actions against companies that use illegal labor would serve as a powerful deterrent.
“It sends a very clear message,” he said.
Mehlman said a lack of jobs has made a significant dent in illegal immigration in the past. He pointed to a decline in illegal immigration when the Great Recession destroyed jobs.
“When jobs aren’t there, illegal immigration dries up,” he said.
Chmielenski said ICE certainly can pursue tips to root out illegal hiring practices. He added that randomly auditing companies and inspecting I-9 forms, the documents submitted by legal aliens in the United States.
Chmielenski admitted that such random checks might open law enforcement officials to lawsuits. But he noted that the Obama administration employed that tactic. He pointed to several operations that targeted Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants.
Mehlman said FAIR favors an all-of-the-above strategy.
“It probably needs to be a combination of both,” he said.
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