In an unusually balanced and informative article the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has followed this blog's exposure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's failure to arrest illegal aliens and the failure of its new policy of audit and fine employers of illegal aliens. (h/t ALIPAC)
Nobody has been fired from ROC Commercial Cleaning in Oakdale -- at least not yet. Since they got word that federal immigration officials are poring over the company's employment records, some janitors have simply quit.Co-owner Peter Mogren said he has no idea how many of his 129 workers might walk away or be fired. One employee said nearly the entire workforce will go.Mogren is angry and bewildered. "This is new territory for me," he said.His company is one of at least nine businesses across the Twin Cities undergoing a so-called immigration audit, part of the Obama administration's national crackdown on employers using undocumented workers. At least 2,000 people in the Twin Cities have lost their jobs in the last 18 months as a result of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) finding that they couldn't prove their eligibility to work in the United States.The results of ICE's audits offer a warning to businesses, especially those using low-skill workers:•The number of audits jumped more than 50 percent last year to about 2,200 from 1,444 in 2009.•The average fine under Obama ($21,851) has increased about 30 percent compared with the Bush era ($16,666).•Criminal arrests of employers have jumped 45 percent since 2008. Of the 196 employers arrested last year, 42 have been sent to prison so far, with sentences ranging from time served to 3 1/2 years. Many cases are pending.
But, as this blog has reported, no aliens are leaving:
Employees fired after such audits typically aren't deported, as they were previously.So far, the get-tough line hasn't impressed critics. They claim the arrests and fines are too weak given the estimated 8 million undocumented workers nationwide.And the clear evidence that the Obama Regime is not serious:In one of the largest Twin Cities firings, about 1,200 janitors were let go from a unit of New York-based ABM Industries Inc. in 2009. ABM, with profits of $64 million, was ultimately fined about $108,000, roughly $90 per fired worker. The SEIU called it "a joke."
And the minimalist history of fines of employers of illegal aliens in Minnesota over almost a decade:
Only four companies in Minnesota have been fined since 2003 for hiring undocumented workers. So far, there have been no criminal arrests of employers in the state, immigration officials say.2003 Wok & Roll of Msp Inc. $21,4002003 McDonald's Corp. office $6,9152010 Single-Ply Systems Inc. $ 22,959.752010 ABM Janitorial Services $107,937.50
Hiring illegals pays off; an employer gets a subservient employee for many years and if caught might have to pay the equivalent of a day's wages. Not a bad deal. And certainly not going to create a culture of compliance.
Without arrests and deportations, the illegal aliens will stay, as the IPC has pointed out:
Alondra, a native of Ecuador who has lived in the U.S. since 2000, went from collecting a steady $528‐a‐week income with benefits and union representation to barely scraping by. When she is able to find work such as housecleaning, dog walking, and washing laundry, she is paid in cash. Juan works part time for a fraction of his previous pay. The couple has taken in boarders, moved with their son into their attic, and maxed out their credit cards. They don’t seek medical care even when they need it. Because of unpaid bills, the utility company is threatening to cut off their water. But even with the challenges they face, the couple has no intention of returning to Ecuador.Instead, they have gone further underground, earning money off the books, paying fewer taxes, and living in society’s margins.“I have my home here,” Alondra said. “I put a lot of money into it. I have my child. I have nothing back in my home country.”
It is just part of the administrative amnesty. The Obama Regime has no plan to either remove illegal aliens nor make it impossible for them to survive here. Their plan is for as many illegal aliens to remain for the next legislative amnesty.