Obama’s latest approach to immigration enforcement – silent raid audits – have serious deficiencies in practice.
Trying to avoid the controversial raids on workplaces that netted thousands of illegal workers in Texas and other states, the new policy tactics tie in with kinder, gentler illegal immigration treatments surrounding the process of deportation – aimed at pacifying illegal immigrant advocates.
Some of the policies are so “gentle” that even ICE unions have protested easy time for illegals as high risk and a taxpayer drain.
A political advantage to Obama, the silent raid process will never grab the headlines that resulted when advocates claimed that parents were yanked out of their jobs, jailed and thrown into deportation proceedings while trauma to their children was ignored.
Seeking favor with a Hispanic community that wants to hold Obama to his unkept promises, Obama is trying to appear committed to immigration enforcement at the same time that his Justice Department is fighting tooth and nail to prevent Arizona from enforcing a law that mirrors Federal law.
- Target the employers instead of the employees: Business employee rosters and computer records are used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to identify illegal workers. Once identified, the employer is notified, fined and warned of additional sanctions if the illegal workers continue to work at the business.
- The Silent Raid advantage: Mark K. Reed, an immigration law consultant, describes the silent raids as being cost effective and more humane, “Instead of hundreds of agents going after one company, now one agent can go after hundreds of companies. And there is no drama, no trauma, no families being torn apart, no handcuffs…”
- Lacks real enforcement teeth
- The illegal immigrants are free to remain in the US and simply find another job, or even return to the old one with a new stolen id.
- There is no spotlight on the companies who hire illegals which might serve as a deterrent
- Companies may find paying the fines an acceptable trade-off for cheap labor
Silent Raid Brag List:
- Audited more than 2,785 employers suspected of hiring illegal laborers
- Debarred 105 companies and 81 individuals and
- Issued more than $6.4 million in fines FOX NEWS.com
Lukewarm commitment to enforce immigration laws 2010 Election issue:
Some 73 percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press said they approved of the provision that requires people to provide proof of their legal status, compared with 23 percent who disapproved. A further 67 percent were in favor of allowing police to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status, while 62 percent supported police having the power to question anyone they believed may in the country illegally. Newsmax
- The deficiencies of Obama’s silent raids audits face serious opposition from the majority of American citizens who support the Arizona law that the Obama administration is taking to court and will impact Election 2010 voting decisions.
The Dallas, Texas Tea Party “The National Immigration Policy Summit is not an official Dallas Tea Party event, but a number of our local tea party patriots are involved in putting the Summit together, and we suspect many of our members may be interested in it, as well. We are providing this for informational purposes for the benefit of our members.
The National Immigration Policy Summit – July 30th-31st – Phoenix, Arizona
On Thursday, July 29th, Arizona’s new state law that removes all sanctuary policies in the state and creates a mirror state law on the crime of being in Arizona in violation of federal law, known as SB 1070, will go into effect across the State of Arizona. Arizona will remove all “catch-and-release” policies in the state and require law enforcement to enforce our immigration laws, it will take the political handcuffs off from our law enforcement and put them on those who break our laws. The next day, grassroots leaders, legislators and staffers will be joining Senator Russell Pearce and civil rights activist Ted Hayes in Phoenix to learn more about the new law and how similar laws can be enacted in other states.
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