Monday, November 17, 2008

Employers Shouldn't Be Responsible for Immigration Enforcement

Using employers as a means of cracking down on illegal immigrants is a popular approach among some conservatives and liberal trade unionists, but there is no obvious reason why employers should be shackled with an unfunded mandate to function as an extension of law enforcement and perform a job that the federal government won't do: crack down on illegal immigration.

Employers who hire illegal workers -- even due to a clerical error -- are subject to fines of up to $3,200 per worker, in spite of the fact that the federal data base utilized for these checks is admittedly laden with errors.

This is an administrative burden that employers should not have to bear. The federal government has failed in its responsibility to secure the borders. It is not the job of the nation's employers to fix that failure.

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