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In accordance with the Obama administration’s apparent preference, the Federal government through the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement is targeting illegal hires. The Wall Street Journal reported February 17 that ICE is expanding government audits to target employers hiring illegals.

Sources close to the Department of Homeland Security report that ICE is requiring 1000 employers to turn over their employee records. The indication is prospects for audit will be notified in the next few days.

The purpose of the audit is to examine the government form I-9 which requests employee identity and right to employment in the U.S. and is supported by two forms of identification such as social security card, driver’s license, or military service records.

These audits are termed “silent raids” and are the current preference to workforce raids to snag illegals. Both Democrats and Republicans are said to prefer these audits to provide proof of action to curb illegal hiring. This is in lieu of a failure to address the problems of illegal immigration with new legislation.

Denver based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., was targeted in Minnesota last year according to reports in both the Wall Street Journal and The Denver Post earlier this month. The restaurant chain was forced to lay off hundreds of illegal workers. ICE has advised the company will be audited in Virginia and Washington, D.C. where they operate about 60 restaurants.

The ICE audits have resulted in thousands of illegal workers being caught not only in the restaurant businesses, but in retail clothing stores, apple growers in Washington and other food producers. This will probably result in an increase in the use of the Federal E-Verify system.

California, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Georgia and Florida are states that now have 10,000 or more employers participating in the E-Verify program. The proficiency of this government run electronic database program has been less than stellar, although now claims greater accuracy. Currently only federal contractors are required to use it.

This accounts for 11% usage of the 7.7 million employers in the U.S. There is a push now among supporters of the system to expand the program on the federal and state level. It is reasonable to believe that innocent employees, with no opportunity to defend themselves are dismissed along with the violators of the system.

The Service Employers International Union, whose members are about 25% immigrants, is critical of the silent raids, stating this does not keep good people employed or help the economy. The SEIU supports amnesty for illegal workers according to a senior staffer, Ben Monterroso.

Companies can be charged with civil and criminal prosecutions if caught violating the hiring procedures. It is a difficult call, however, as prospective employees file false or stolen documents to support their employment-eligibility I-9 forms. Discovery of improper documents will result in immediate dismissal, to the detriment of both employee and employer.

Comments

  • Casca 3 years ago

    After securing the borders, then we can calculate how many Guest Workers we need to be contracted out to farms and other agricultural departments with a exiting provision. They are not subject to any kind of permanent settlement or chain migration of family members. The federal government should then issue an ultimatum, giving those already here a warning that they must leave America within one Calendar year or face harsh penalties. We need a President and both sides of the aisle who will enact laws, in the interests of the American people. Eventually more and more States will be enthused with adding enforcement laws as the great State of Arizona, crippled by the open palms of illegal welfare recipients, birthright citizenship. Judge for yourself by reading information at NumbersUSA about real estimates of illegal alien costs, population statistics and a place after you see the truth, a place to send free faxes to the leadership in Washington, including a phone number to contact their offices at 202-224-3121.

  • Casca 3 years ago

    Colorado failed to pass an immigration policing law, however Utah placed its working Americans first, so the outcome will be a deluge of illegal Stateless people packing their belongings and traveling towards Colorado. Any State that doesn't enact an immigration enforcement law, will feel the flood of hundreds of thousands of extra mouths to feed, reducing their hospitals as a dumping ground for sick illegal foreigners, cramped schools for all children and having to find more room in the prison system. It's over a hundred billion of dollars a year going from the federal and State coffers to address welfare to illegal aliens and their families. What we need is a welcoming committee for legal people with high professional standards and completely self-sustaining jobs, and not the indigent people we must maintain with handouts.

  • Casca 3 years ago

    Colorado failed to pass an immigration policing law, however Utah placed its working Americans first, so the outcome will be a deluge of illegal Stateless people packing their belongings and traveling towards Colorado. Any State that doesn't enact an immigration enforcement law, will feel the flood of hundreds of thousands of extra mouths to feed, reducing their hospitals as a dumping ground for sick illegal foreigners, cramped schools for all children and having to find more room in the prison system. It's over a hundred billion of dollars a year going from the federal and State coffers to address welfare to illegal aliens and their families. What we need is a welcoming committee for legal people with high professional standards and completely self-sustaining jobs, and not the indigent people we must maintain with handouts.

  • Casca 3 years ago

    By implementing mandatory policing laws that includes the E-Verify program and 287 (g) locally trained police officers to question apprehensive persons. This should be an obligation of any administration and not allowing personages equal to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) vilifying E-Verify, 287 G and apposing their use. The US Constitution reminds us we are a nation of laws, yet the federal government has botched to seal the border, with the double layer fence topped with concertina razor and enhanced with electrified nodes running the whole 2000 miles as according to the 2006 Secure fence Act. In addition armed troops deployed to the dangerous territory, this would finally seal the border region. To repeat yet again, if our politicians in Washington introduced a bill, making US entry a felony, as many countries do? The reduction in the flow of foreign people would be enormous, knowing that they are risking prison for two to ten years.

  • Casca 3 years ago

    These radicals seemed determined to want to destroy America, leaving us open to incursion from Middle East killers or zealot Muslims, arriving here to do us harm. This security risk will be forever present, along with the drug cartels and desperate peoples who keep on coming to steal Americans dream. The open border fanatics have tried hard to desensitize us to the silent illegal alien invasion, which has trespassed on this sovereign land, of this nation. But now with massive federal deficits, along with the majority of States suffering financially the purging must begin. Every State is bleeding copiously from the unfettered flow of uninvited people through borders or arriving on jet tarmacs across America. Our only hope is State policing as the czars in Washington linger spineless and rebuff, of not making it their priority of immigration enforcement. Instead of pandering to foreign nationals they agonize about been driven out in the next election.

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