No Crackdown on Illegal Employers
The New York Times, March 20, 2017
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The system, which was designed to allow employers to cross-reference an applicant’s work-eligibility documents against government records, remains voluntary for most employers two decades after its rollout. E-Verify has been criticized as an intrusive tool that can hurt workers who are wrongly flagged. But the fundamental reason it has not been embraced as a nationwide standard is that even in this era of deepening xenophobia in American politics, there is little appetite among lawmakers to hold employers accountable. Mr. Trump’s flurry of executive orders on immigration have been silent on the issue.
The budget request the Trump administration submitted to Congress last week includes a $2.6 billion down payment for the wall, $1.5 billion to ramp up detention and deportation operations and $314 million to hire immigration agents. Meanwhile, a proposal to make E-Verify compulsory nationwide is allocated a paltry $15 million.
The takeaway is clear. While it has become politically expedient to malign and scapegoat immigrants, Mr. Trump and Republican lawmakers across the country recognize that finding a way to excise them systematically from payrolls would have a crippling effect on several industries. The only long-term solution to this conundrum is returning to the bipartisan consensus that enabled the 1986 bill. This would require giving millions of undocumented immigrants the ability to earn citizenship, then developing a uniform system to verify employment eligibility, and more rigorously prosecuting employers who evade it.
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Sanctuary Cities: Murders, Sexual
Assaults, and a Fresh Supply of Victims
InvestmentWatch Blog, March 21, 2017
Today they are literally hundreds of Sanctuary cities (whether they are deemed such by law or by action, approx 280) that do not cooperate with immigration officials. The people pushing the non-cooperation with ICE are political activists and politicians who do not personally suffer the day to day burden of rising crime rates and danger. Sanctuary cities are the very pinnacle of hypocritical Virtue Signaling; it shows their beliefs yet costs them nothing. But it does cost other people, and they are blind to the people they hurt.
According to a House Judiciary Committee, “as of June 2015, more than 17,000 detainers (people who have not been turned over to ICE) had been released by local Sanctuary Jurisdictions”. Here are some more figures:
* 63% of freed individuals held prior serious criminal records.
* More than 5,000 were previously considered a “Public safety Concern”.
* 1,900 released offenders were later arrested 4,300 times (during the 8 months the study took place).