By Jerry Kammer
PBS NewsHour, September 25, 2017
If President Donald Trump is serious about stopping illegal immigration, he should forget about the border wall and turn his attention to the gaping hole in the enforcement of immigration law at U.S. worksites.
Washington has been unwilling to repair this problem, despite three decades of failure since Congress passed the erroneously named Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). As a result of the law, the U.S. population of undocumented immigrants grew from about 3.5 million in 1990 to its peak of 12.2 million in 2007. The current estimate is 11.3 million people.
Presented as a compassionate but pragmatic compromise, IRCA coupled a one-time amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants with an employer sanctions regime to punish those who knowingly hired persons not authorized to work in the United States.
But the law came into the world with a fatal defect. Because of the clout of strange-bedfellows — a left-right coalition that united immigrant rights activists, Latino politicians, businesses, and libertarians — IRCA was stripped of a mandate for the executive branch to develop a secure means of verifying that workers were authorized. Instead, workers were allowed to present documents from a wide assortment of easily counterfeited identifiers, and employers were required to accept any document that “reasonably appears on its face to be genuine.”
JEFF SESSION’S LONG BATTLE FOR THE
By Pia Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Special Report, September 2017https://www.dallasfed.org/-/media/Documents/research/pubs/everify.pdf?la=en
DoJ sues company that refused to hire Americans
The complaint alleges that in 2016, Crop Production discriminated against at least three United States citizens by refusing to employ them as seasonal technicians in El Campo, Texas, because Crop Production preferred to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program."In the spirit of President Trump's Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, the Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. "… Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad."This is the first complaint filed stemming from the "Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative," which was launched on March 1.A Civil Rights Division official told Fox News that since the initiative's launch, the division has opened 29 investigations of "potential discrimination against U.S. workers based on a hiring preference for foreign visa workers."DOJ officials also told Fox News the department has reached at least one settlement with a company discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreign visa workers, and distributed over $100,000.