2007 August 07 Tuesday
US Employers Facing Tougher Rules On Illegal Alien Hiring

Maybe the US government is going to enforce tougher rules on illegal alien hiring.

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to make public soon new rules for employers notified when their worker's name or Social Security number was flagged by the Social Security Administration.

The rule, as initially drafted, requires employers to fire people who cannot be verified as a legal worker and cannot resolve within 60 days why the name or Social Security number on their W-2 doesn't match the government's database.

Employers who do not comply could face fines of $250 to $10,000 (180 to 7,300) per illegal worker and incident.

My reaction is along the lines of "I'll believe it when I see it". Our political masters are not keen to stop the use of illegal alien labor. They've pretended to get tough in the past. Immigration has become such a huge political issue that their pretending is getting hard to do.

The defeat of the immigration amnesty bills in two successive tries in May and June convinced the Department of Homeland Security that non-enforcement wasn't an option.

After first proposing the rules last year, Department of Homeland Security officials said they held off finishing them to await the outcome of the debate in Congress over a sweeping immigration bill. That measure, which was supported by President Bush, died in the Senate in June.

Now administration officials are signaling that they intend to clamp down on employers of illegal immigrants even without a new immigration law to offer legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the workforce.

The popular winds are blowing so hard for real immigration law enforcement that even Senator John McCain is supporting enforcement-only changes in immigration policy.

Farmers are starting to feel the effects of tougher immigration law enforcement. Necessity being a mother, tougher policies against illegal aliens have led to the use of prisoners as farm labor.

The ongoing debate over illegal immigration in the U.S. is having some strange and unintended consequences in the West, where farmers facing acres of unpicked crops are replacing immigrants with inmates.

In Colorado, which last year passed some of the strictest immigration laws in the country, a new program aims to stem a severe labor shortage by using prisoners to work fields once farmed by migrant workers. In Arizona and Idaho, farmers are begging for the expansion of existing prison labor programs as states begin to target employers who hire illegal immigrants.

Great. Make people who are a financial drain on the rest of us do work that at least partially pays for the costs of their criminality.

But farmers who can't afford to pay market rates for labor should either get out of farming or automate their operations or switch to crops that require less labor. We are going to see a lot more farm automation as a result of vigorous immigration law enforcement.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 August 07 11:28 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement


Comments
Trent Telenko said at August 9, 2007 3:16 PM:

I bet this is one of the things that has Homeland Security honchos sweating bullets after the last two vote of no-confidence in their abilities:


http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20070809/NATION/108090085/1002

Californian seeks hearing on Islamic, Mexican ties
By Sara A. Carter
August 9, 2007

>snip

>>The 2005 DEA report outlines several incidents in which multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells
>>in the U.S. are funding terrorism networks overseas with the aid of Mexican cartels. These sleeper cells use
>>established Mexican cartels with highly sophisticated trafficking routes to move narcotics and other contraband in
>>and out of the United States, the report said.
>>
>>These "persons of interest" speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew fluently, according to the document.
>>
>>The report includes photographs of known Middle Easterners who "appear to be Hispanic; they are in fact, all Spanish-
>>speaking Arabic drug traffickers supporting Middle East terrorism from their base of operations" in the southwestern
>>United States, according to the DEA.
>>
>>Michael Maxwell, a senior analyst with the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, said that the report
>>is evidence that terrorism cells exist in the U.S. and are being aided by dangerous narco-trafficking cartels.
>>
>>"While the procurement of fraudulent or multiple identities by terrorists to hide criminal activity is not new, the
>>information suggests terrorist tradecraft is evolving and relationships now exist between Mexican and Middle Eastern
>>individuals or groups, embedded here in the United States," he added.
>>
>>The ties are as deep as family, according to the DEA report, which said that a Middle Eastern member of the Muslim
>>Brotherhood, involved in narcotics sales and other crimes, married into a Mexican narcotics family.
>>
>>"One of the targets of this investigation is an Arabic man," the document said.
>>
>>A 2006 Department of Homeland Security intelligence report also obtained by The Times said that Al Qaeda has tried
>>and is planning on using the Southwest border to enter the U.S.


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