Many have long suggested that one of the quickest ways to crack down on the invading brown army of illegal aliens would be to begin going after those who employ them.
After all, there would be less enticement for the intruders to enter the United States (besides leeching off of social services) were the jobs that they often migrate north for to simply dry up.
Employers have become highly dependent on the low-cost labor pool to keep wages depressed and to avoid hiring Americans who may be quicker to speak up on workplace abuses that illegals would keep hushed up out of fear of discovery.
Well, times may be on the verge of changing according to a report that acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Thomas Homan who revealed plans to ramp up the investigation of employers.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 23, 2017
The Washington Examiner is reporting “ICE to target employers who hire illegal immigrants”:
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.
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 relative 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.
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.