Now administration officials are signaling that they intend to clamp down on employers of illegal immigrants even without a new immigration law to offer legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the workforce.Does anyone really believe that the federal governement will enforce these new rules? That may help them with the conservative base but it will anger the business community which provides the campaign funds. Which side do you really think they will come down on?
The approach is expected to play well with conservatives who have long demanded that the administration do more to enforce existing immigration laws, but it could also lead to renewed pressure from businesses on Congress to provide legal status for an estimated six million unauthorized immigrant workers.
“We are tough and we are going to be even tougher,” Russ Knocke, the spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said yesterday. “There are not going to be any more excuses for employers, and there will be serious consequences for those that choose to blatantly disregard the law.”
Illegal immigration can only be solved when our government makes it next to impossible to hire an illegal immigrant. We must also recognize that no solution will work unless we push for real reform in the home countries of the immigrants. Until we understand exactly why they are coming any attempts to stop illegal immigration will fail.