DHS Lets Employers That Hire Illegal Workers Off The Hook
It was only a year ago that the president vowed to come down hard those who hire illegal aliens as a fundamental part of creating an immigration system for the 21st century: “It means cracking down more forcefully on businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers…most businesses want to do the right thing… So we need to implement a national system that allows businesses to quickly and accurately verify someone’s employment status. And if they still knowingly hire undocumented workers, then we need to ramp up the penalties,” Obama said in 2013.
The reality appears to be much different, though this particular audit, conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General, considers a three-year period right before the president’s statement. He was already in the White House, however. From 2009 to 2012, the administration slashed by 40% the amount of fines collected from employers caught with illegal aliens on the their payroll. This represents a chunk of change for the government—from $52.7 million to $31.2 million—but, more importantly, it sends a dangerous message to businesses that profit from the cheap labor provided by those living in the country illegally.
The DHS Inspector General states it quite clearly in a recently issued report: “Homeland Security Investigations’ inconsistent implementation of the administrative inspection process, plus the reduction of fines, may have hindered its mission to prevent or deter employers from violating immigration laws.” The DHS watchdog estimates that approximately 8 million illegal immigrants are in the U.S. workforce and many present fraudulent identity-related documents or use another person’s identity to gain employment.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is charged with cracking down on businesses that hire illegal aliens. During the three-year period analyzed in the probe, ICE got $531 million from congress to fulfill this “worksite enforcement” mission. Instead, the agency selectively enforces the employment law in different regions with some field offices doling out a lot more warnings and far less fines than others.
Making matters worse the umbrella agency, DHS, doesn’t provide sufficient oversight to ensure that its field offices are conducting worksite enforcement inspections consistently, according to the agency watchdog. For instance, investigators reveal that two field offices simply developed and implemented their own system by issuing more warnings than fines, contrary to established ICE guidelines. DHS took no action, the report says, pointing out that “without adequate oversight and monitoring” the agency can’t possibly determine if worksite enforcement is effective in preventing and deterring employers from violating immigration laws.
As an example, the inspector general offers ICE’s Los Angeles field office which has flouted federal policy by creating its own private system of worksite enforcement. During the three-year period considered by the watchdog the office conducted 147 investigations, with 7% resulting in fines and 55% in warnings. Even in instances where more than half of a business’s federal employee verification forms (known as I-9) had “substantive errors” the federal agents in L.A. only issued warnings instead of fines. One business mentioned in the report had its fine slashed an astounding 78%, from $4.9 million to a little over $1 million.
This certainly proves that the Obama administration lied to the American people in 2009 when it announced that DHS would focus on employers who hire unauthorized workers rather than large-scale enforcement actions that almost exclusively targeted illegal aliens under the George W. Bush administration. “Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers,” according to President Obama’s immigration initiative for the 21st century. It doesn’t appear that he plans to do anything about it.
California’s homeless: Casualties of class warfare
Last November the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report which found that southern California remains home to the largest homeless population in the country.
January 9, 2014
WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS IN L.A. COUNTY OVER $48 MILLION IN JUNE
Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over $1 billion dollars, which includes $350 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations. Twenty-four percent of the County’s total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States.
“Illegal immigration continues to have a catastrophic impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich. “The total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.”
Strong L.A. economy boosts income inequality in city, study says
A relatively strong local economy in Los Angeles, which is stoking the fortunes of its higher-income residents, is helping boost income disparity in the city, the Brookings Institution study shows.
By Walter Hamilton
5:30 PM PST, February 21, 2014
Los Angeles has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the nation, but that's due in part to a relatively strong local economy that's stoking the fortunes of higher-income people, according to a new study.
Of the 50 largest U.S. cities, L.A. has the ninth-highest level of income disparity, according to the analysis by Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. The top three are Atlanta, San Francisco and Miami.
Inequality has become a flash point nationwide as the wealth of top earners surges while the middle and lower classes grapple with stubborn income stagnation. Politicians have clashed loudly on what's driving the dichotomy, and what steps, if any, should be taken to reverse it.
The study found, however, that rising inequality may simply be an unavoidable byproduct of robust local economies that plump the incomes of coveted workers.
Fast-growing industries with highly paid employees — such as technology, finance and entertainment — tend to cluster in large metropolitan areas, said Alan Berube, a Brookings researcher who specializes in inequality. And the ongoing gentrification of many cities, such as in downtown Los Angeles, is drawing wealthier people.
At the same time, big cities also draw large numbers of low-income people seeking lower-skilled jobs.
The study analyzed inequality in the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2012. It compared the earnings of a family exactly at the top 5% — that is, at the 95th percentile of all U.S. households — to one at the 20th percentile.
The average annual income of a top 5% family was 10.8 times higher than a bottom 20% household. For the country as a whole, the ratio was 9.1 to 1.
"It's not necessarily a bad thing that big cities are home to more rich and poor than the rest of the country," Berube said. "The question is how do cities and leaders navigate that but keep their cities diverse and able to provide opportunities for upward mobility."
In L.A., a top 5% household made an average $218,000. That was 12.3 times higher than a 20% household.
The study analyzed only the city of L.A. It did not include nearby areas with well-heeled residents, such as Beverly Hills or Santa Monica.
The inequality debate intensified after President Obama in December called it "the defining challenge of our time."
Critics worry that income imbalances weaken cities by hiving off rich from poor. Among other things, that can push out younger residents, lead to pockets of entrenched poverty and undermine school quality.
Even some extremely wealthy Americans acknowledge the threat of rising inequality.
"It's a genuine problem," Stephen Schwarzman, the chief executive of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, said in an interview with The Times on Thursday. "It's been growing for over 30 years. It's not recent. It's something that has to be addressed."
San Francisco illustrates the dynamic of a vibrant economy exacerbating the gap between rich and poor.
The tech boom has dramatically pushed up the earnings of those at the top.
The average $353,000 income for a top 5% household towered over that of every other city. Its inequality ratio was 16.6 to 1.
In Atlanta, a top 5% family took in $280,000, compared with less than $15,000 for a bottom 20% family.
Inequality tends to be lower in cities with less robust economies, where there is less of a gap between the highest and lowest paid, according to Brookings.
Altogether, 18 cities in the Brookings study suffered a statistically significant rise in inequality from 2007 to 2012. But that was due more to the bottom dropping out for low-income people in the last recession.
"Most were not places where the rich made astronomical gains, but where low-income households suffered most from the recession and weak recovery," the study said. "Many are Southern and Western cities — including Sacramento, Charlotte, [N.C.], Tucson, Fresno, and Albuquerque — where house-price collapses reduced work opportunities for poor households."
Inside the Cartel - First of four parts
Unraveling Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel
As drug smugglers from the Sinaloa cartel in
Mexico sent a never-ending stream of cocaine
across the border and into a vast U.S.
distribution web in Los Angeles, DEA agents
were watching and listening.
Obama Administration Makes Secret Deal With Mexico - Mexican Consulates are headquarters for the MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA with the agenda of expanding the Mexican welfares state with cooperation of Barack Obama and the Democrat party.
THIS IS SHOCKING!!! ONLY IN AMERICA???
To Help Illegal Immigrants In The Workplace AND LOOT AMERICA EASIER!
The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.