Monday, July 12, 2010

Why Are Employers So Happy With ICE

The NYT lets the cat out of the bag. The Obama Regime strategy of non-enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States has had a happy reception from employers of illegal aliens and their spokesmen:

Over the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted audits of employee files at more than 2,900 companies. The agency has levied a record $3 million in civil fines so far this year on businesses that hired unauthorized immigrants, according to official figures. Thousands of those workers have been fired, immigrant groups estimate.

Employers say the audits reach more companies than the work-site roundups of the administration of President George W. Bush. The audits force businesses to fire every suspected illegal immigrant on the payroll— not just those who happened to be on duty at the time of a raid — and make it much harder to hire other unauthorized workers as replacements. Auditing is “a far more effective enforcement tool,” said Mike Gempler, executive director of the Washington Growers League, which includes many worried fruit growers.

“Instead of hundreds of agents going after one company, now one agent can go after hundreds of companies,” said Mark K. Reed, president of Border Management Strategies, a consulting firm in Tucson that advises companies across the country on immigration law. “And there is no drama, no trauma, no families being torn apart, no handcuffs.”

Of course, hidden there is the real reason there are no more raids. It is not efficiency, cost effectiveness or culture of compliance. It is amnesty. The illegal aliens remain in the U.S. and can be employed by other employers and help keep up the pressure for amnesty and a Demoncrat voting block:

“And there is no drama, no trauma, no families being torn apart, no handcuffs.”

While the sweeps of the past commonly led to the deportation of such workers,
the “silent raids,” as employers call the audits, usually result in the workers
being fired, but in many cases they are not deported.

All pointless of course if the illegal aliens are not arrested and deported:

Many immigrants purchased new false documents and went looking for jobs in more
distant orchards, former Gebbers Farms workers said.

There was no wave
of deportations and few families left on their own for Mexico.

One of the communists lets slip the secret to the effectiveness of the Obama Regime strategy:

Immigrant advocates said they are surprised and frustrated with Mr. Obama, after
seeing an increase in enforcement activity since he took office. “It would be
easier to fight if it was a big raid,” said Pramila Jayapal, executive director
of OneAmerica, a group in Seattle. “But this is happening everywhere and often.”

A strategy that Jorge Bush purposefully used; a few large well publisized and expensive raids, instead of a consistent policy of hundreds of raids. Jorge Bush had the worst of both worlds; hated by the Hispanics for the few raids his DHS executed added to the obvious ineffectiveness of so few raids and a failure to implement Social Security Number auditing and mandatory use of E-Verify. Of course, the Obama Regime strategy is as ineffective and creates political problems for him, but the illegal alien vote has no where to go.

But with employers who are "silent raided," there is support and the Reds are not making much of the Obama Regime actions, their opposition seems muted and perfunctory; probably because they know the illegals are staying and helping to keep up the pressure for amnesty and AgJobs.

The interesting part of the story is that the H-2A workers that replace the illegals. The benefit is that they are legal, but importantly theoretically temporary:

After completing a federally mandated local labor search, Gebbers Farms applied
to the federal guest worker program to import about 1,200 legal temporary
workers — most from Mexico. The guest workers, who can stay for up to six
months, also included about 300 from Jamaica.

More important is that they generally do not bring spouses and children with them, lessening the pressure to allow them to remain permanently. A well ordered H-2A system could help with the pressure for amnesty, but only if they really only stay temporarily. I am not certain though that we need any more Jamacians here.

Of course, with no departure verification or interior enforcement, their temporary status is unlikely.

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