Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Immigration & Employers

Commentary in Forbes Magazine:

No one seriously disputes the existence of an illegal immigration problem in this country. But aggressive and costly enforcement initiatives against employers are fundamentally unfair, since they fail to address the underlying problems, such as porous borders and the easy availability of counterfeit documents. Our immigration problems will not be improved by passing the buck to corporate America.


Blogger Thomas said...

I'm not crying for the employers. They know the status of their employees, legal or illegal. Many of the workers use the same Social Security numbers. Many use Social Security cards that say "000-00-0000".

Don't blame the workers for playing in a system that aids and rewards such behavior.

But employers who benefit by paying these workers substandard wages in order to get a leg up on the competition should not be crying ignorance.

5/02/2006 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't blame the workers

I damn sure blame them. They know what they are doing is illegal and they apparently don't respect America enough to care. And some people want to allow these law breakers to vote!

But I agree the real answer is enforcement in the workplace. Employers should be given tools that allow them to quickly, easily and cheaply determine if an employee is eligible to work. This should include an updated social security card which can be verified against a central database and include pictures, biometic identifiers and anti-counterfeiting measures.

When employers use these tools they should be given safe harbor from prosecution under the immigration/employment laws and they should also be given safe harbor from prosecution under discrimination laws.

If they fail to use the tools they should be held strictly liable for any illegal found in their employee and no excuse should be acceptable. On top of massive fines and jail for repeat offenses, employers should be barred from deducting wages paid to illegals in the calculation of their income taxes.

The government should also be sending undercover agents out to day labor sites posing as day laborers and busting employers who evade taxes by paying cash. A few fed agents posing as day laborers would shut these sites down.

This problem could be fixed almost entirely if only some politicians would find some juevos.

5/02/2006 4:15 PM  

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