After Huge Illegals Raid, No Empoyers Charged

Every once in a blue moon, I find myself in complete agreement with a Democrats

After the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history, hundreds of workers have been sentenced but not one company official as yet faces any charges – something critics say is typical of a federal government that is tough on employees but easy on owners.

Worker advocates and lawmakers say the fact that nearly 400 workers were arrested in the May 12 raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville – or more than one-third of the total number of employees – proves that company officials must have known they were hiring illegal immigrants.

“Until we enforce our immigration laws equally against both employers and employees who break the law, we will continue to have a problem with immigration,” said U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, an Iowa Democrat whose district borders Postville.

Braley is completely correct. The companies and people who employ illegal aliens in violation of the law need to be held responsible under the law. They are just as culpible for the illegals working for them as the illegals are for working there. And, as I have said many, many times, if illegals knew that companies would not hire them, a good many of them would not come illegally/leave if they are already here.

Such raids are designed to get headlines and make it appear that the federal government is cracking down on illegal immigration, said Frank Sharry, executive director of the immigration reform group America’s Voice. But he says even those who think enforcement is the answer can’t seriously believe the 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. can be arrested and deported.

“Even if you wanted to pursue an imbalanced enforcement-first strategy, the only thoughtful way to do it would be to go after employers, make examples of them and try to scare other employers into compliance,” he said. “They’re not doing that.”

Again, compete agreement. If the government made it quite clear that they would enforce the law on companies, and also went and made the punishments harsher, there would be little need for a fence, because illegals would not come when there are no jobs. Combine that with a better temporary worker program – on that monitors where the workers are and has the employer providing health insurance – and we would well be on our way to reducing the flow of illegals mostly down to the bad people who come, making it easier for the Border Patrol to catch them.

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One Response to “After Huge Illegals Raid, No Empoyers Charged”

  1. John Ryan says:

    it was the largest supplier of Kosher meat in the USA
    Leftist union organizing have been campaigning against that company for years finally the Bush regime has decided to move against them.

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