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"Silent Raids"

Recently it has become apparent that more businesses than might considered reasonable by most people are hiring illegal immigrants and flying under the radar. But not anymore!

One of the actions being taken by the Obama Administration is referred to as "silent raids." Despite the constancy of the discussions on Threatswatch about Arizona 1070, administrative audits by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are beginning to investigate and prosecute companies that empoy illegal immigrants.

"[B]usinesses must be held accountable if they break the law by deliberately hiring and exploiting undocumented workers. We've already begun to step up enforcement against the worst workplace offenders . . . . We cannot continue just to look the other way as a significant portion of our economy operates outside the law. It breeds abuse and bad practices. It punishes employers who act responsibly and undercuts American workers. And ultimately, if the demand for undocumented workers falls, the incentive for people to come here illegally will decline as well." President Obama, speech given at the American University's School of International Service in Washington, DC on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (July 1, 2010)

There are huge fines incurred by the employers. Honestly, it is probably good that the illegals are fired rather than deported (are you shocked?).

It has been written here before that there are humanitarian issues associated with the illegal immigrant problem. Not only is the government of Mexico culpable for not making it possible for their own citizens to live a safe life above the poverty subsistence level, but it is pretty clear that Mexico enjoys the influx of money sent back by workers living here in the United States. Depending on the source, it is clear that billions of dollars are sent from the US to Mexico each year. Silent raids are a good thing.

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.

Silent raids make the employer that decides to break the law pay for that "privilege."

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