I’ll believe it when I see it

17 11 2006

Cross Posted By Morning Coffee

We have all heard several times before that the Feds are getting tough on those who hire illegal immigrants, yet when it comes time to back up the rhetoric with actual prosecutions very little is actually accomplished. I certainly hope that the following article is not more of the same rhetoric but the beginning of actual prosecutions and real jail time for those who break the law.  

Feds to go after firms hiring illegal immigrants

The federal government is serious about cracking down on employers in Arizona who break the law by hiring illegal immigrants, a top-ranking immigration official said.

Some businesses regard the fines they could face for illegal hirings as the price of doing business, so the government will pursue criminal charges against the worst violators, said Alonzo Peña, the new chief of investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona.

“If you knowingly exploit this system, you are going to jail,” Peña said Wednesday. “We are going to go after the profits that you make. We are going to make an example.”

With limited resources to crack down on the large number of illegal hirings in Arizona, federal authorities said such prosecutions will help deter other employers.

The government is holding classes to teach businesses about employment eligibility rules and how to spot fake documents that a person might present when applying for a job.

Employers who hire illegal immigrants are blamed for encouraging people to sneak across the border in hopes of finding better-paying jobs.

Many lawmakers and immigration analysts have given the federal government poor marks in cracking down on illegal hirings.


**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

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