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  • Illegal Immigration in Workplace Would Be 'No Match' for DHS

    With an estimated 12 million to 15 million illegal immigrants in the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) certainly has a lot on its plate. However, many are now criticizing ICE for its lack of action not against illegal immigrants, but American citizens.

    In raids since October 2007, ICE has arrested 3,750 people on charges in relation to illegal immigrants in the workplace. With jobs in the U.S. being a great attraction to illegal immigrants, their prevalence in the American workforce is a grave problem. However, this is not the issue many are addressing; rather, critics are citing the fact that only 2% of those arrested were the employers of illegal immigrants. As justification, ICE has cited the fact that it is much easier and quicker to build evidence against and try illegal immigrants, while the same can take years for employers.

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff himself defends this “two-tiered practice” for the same reasons in a recent Houston Chronicle article. Nevertheless, both illegal employees and those who employ them are a problem in the United States.

    The Social Security “No Match” Sharing for Immigration Enforcement program offers answers to problems in workplace enforcement. What the program would do is allow the sharing of information with DHS by the Social Security Administration of the agency’s no-match data. Such information would help DHS to effectively target an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. workforce. However, what the above critics would celebrate is that DHS would now have the information to target the employers of these illegal immigrants.

    With the knowledge of where new workers’ personal information did not match SSA records, DHS could go after major employers in those sectors of the economy that employee the majority of illegal immigrants and “wean employers from the shadow workforce.” Workplace enforcement needs to be further addressed, however it needs to be done in an effective manner through SSA-DHS “no match” information sharing.

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    4 Responses to Illegal Immigration in Workplace Would Be 'No Match' for DHS

    1. Darvin Dowdy says:

      Bingo. If you want to see them scramble, put a few HR directors/ceo's in jail for 6 mos. Last I heard there were apprx 9 million miss matched ss numbers. Send letters to these employers and give them 30 days to comply. As a result you'll see a mass exodus of illegals back across the border. Millions. That will thin the ranks considerable and will take away motivation for others to cross into the U.S. illegally. It would be a fantastic start to solving this problem.

    2. zeezil, NC says:

      Without ENFORCEMENT there is no effective immigration control program. Consistent enforcement nationwide on illegal aliens and employers hiring them will stop illegal immigration dead in its tracks. No job, no money, no stay, others no come.

    3. amy indiana says:

      Yes this would be great my employer works illigals and she knows it. Instead of giving us workers the overtime that is needed in these hard times. She will work illigals. I would love for her to pay!!!!!

    4. Deborah Schaer says:

      DHS and Legal Aid are the biggest contributors to the problem.

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