Napolitano focuses on employers, after withdrawing everify
In an effort to crack down on illegal labor, the Department of Homeland Security intends to step up enforcement efforts against employers who knowingly hire such workers.This is perverse. One of Napolitano's first acts was to drop the E-verify which allows employers to make sure that they are not hiring someone here illegally. So now she is going after them for knowingly hiring illegals when she took away the best method of determining whether they know. Under the Bush administration the E-verify check would give the employer some defense but the Obama team thought it discriminated against illegals or something like that. It is strange that the NY Times did not even mention the E-verify in their story.
Under guidelines to be issued Thursday to Immigration and Customs Enforcement field offices, agents will be instructed to take aim at employers and supervisors for prosecution “through the use of carefully planned criminal investigations.”Senior officials of the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday that illegal workers would continue to be detained in raids on workplaces. But the officials said they hoped to mark an abrupt departure from past practices by making those arrests as part of an effort to build criminal and civil cases against employers.
The implication of the story is that DHS has more empathy for those who came here illegally than they do for those who hire them. The problem with this attitude is that the illegals know they came here illegally and the employer may not. If the employer knows the person came here illegally, then there is a conspiracy to violate the law and both are guilty. If the employer does not know then this new policy will be a miscarriage of justice.