Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crack Down on Businesses That House and Hire Illegal Aliens

The push by business interest to confer amnesty, or a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, is not the answer for our immigration problems.  It may in the short term take care of theirs, but it’s not the cure-all.  How convenient for the U.S.  Chamber of Commerce to forget the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act.  Recent history can be a bitch.

There is only one way to curb this invasion and that is to attack the engine that propels it:  an all out assault on those businesses that hire and house illegal aliens.  I’ve blogged about this many times; however, a surprising news source has also picked up the baton.  Here is an excerpt from a Bloomberg News editorial:

What reality? As many as 8 million undocumented immigrants hold jobs in the U.S. In fact, they account for more than 5 percent of the U.S. labor force. Their unemployment rate might even be lower than that of the nation's black citizens.
And, stereotypes aside, the undocumented are hardly relegated to agriculture and domestic service. Construction, manufacturing and retail are among their biggest employers, according to the Migration Policy Institute. So, either quite a few of the nation's 6 million employers have welcomed undocumented workers into their factories and stores, or a smaller number of employers have hired an awful lot of them.
Either way, little is being done to stop the practice. Workplace enforcement is minimal. Fines are small. Amid all the political bellowing about the border, no one in Washington pays much attention to employers' practices.

 Can you imagine the response by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce if there was a crackdown on employers and housing projects?  The squealing would be monumental.  We all know that’s not going to happen.  Our so-called representatives wouldn’t dare betray the money spigot.

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