An interesting article published in today’s Wall Street Journal explores the efforts of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to punish businesses that employ illegal aliens.
The tone of the piece, of course, reinforces pre-existing canards about illegal immigration. The most prominent being the idea that the jobs these illegal aliens are performing can not be replicated by legal, American workers. Somehow the thousands of Americans lined up for job fairs in this city-and throughout the country-seem to have flown under the radar of these diligent employers.
A more relevant insight though is the observation that many employers are compelled to hire illegal workers, even if that is not their preference, due to draconian civil rights statutes that directly conflict with other laws they also must be in full compliance with, lest the Justice Department attack them. You might remember this Catch-22 being debated during the controversy that erupted once news of former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s illegal alien nanny came to light. At the time, some pro-enforcement commentators brought up the inherent contradiction embodied by the federal government’s approach to immigration enforcement.
In any case, the article is worth reading in its entirety. The fact that derelict immigration bureaucrats like John Morton are finally being compelled to do their job is cause for celebration, even though we must continue to be vigilant in our fight to have all of this nation’s immigration laws enforced across the board.