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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

DHS SET TO INCREASE NUMBER OF EMPLOYER AUDITS

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The Wall Street Journal reports that DHS will "intensify" its enforcement efforts against employers around the US:

John Morton, the new chief of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, said that the agency is set to increase the number of companies it will audit and systematically impose fines on violators. Violations could also lead to criminal charges, he said.



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"You are going to see audits regularly and on a larger scale," Mr. Morton said during a two-day visit to southern California, his first since being appointed four months ago. "You will see the resuscitation of...civil fines."





My buddy Tom Roach, an immigration lawyer in Pasco, Washington, is
worried about the impact on agricultural employers in his area:

Tom Roach, an immigration attorney in Pasco, Wash., said that apple,
cherry and grape growers in his area are panicking over the new
crackdown.

Few industries have come so close to admitting they cannot survive
without the labor of illegal immigrants as agriculture. At least half
of the 1.8 million crop workers in the U.S. are undocumented.

Mr. Roach said a client who received a notification of inspection
from ICE last month could face thousands of dollars in fines. "There is
a ton of counterfeit documents out there. The employer does exactly
what he is supposed to do, but he can still get in trouble," he said.











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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    I would be surprised if the go through with this approach that seems to cause further economic pain for the US, let's face it American will not apply for the agricultural jobs!!! The food supply will either have to be outsourced or the have to allow these workers to work and produce.
  2. Agri job seeker's Avatar
    Americans WILL apply for the agricultural jobs!!!

    Why are these jobs not advertised publicly in the U.S.?
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    "Americans WILL apply for the agricultural jobs!!!

    Why are these jobs not advertised publicly in the U.S.?"

    Yes for higher wages. But, no one not even the anti-immigration people are willing to pay higher prices for the produce. A virulently anti-immigration person who works for CIS was shopping for 99c/lb of tomato. I told her to live by her rhetoric and shop at Harris Teeter for $3.99/lb tomato..product picked by Americans at higher wages. Her face became small. I for one cannot afford to pay that price for tomato. If I cannot purchase reasonably priced food made in the US, I will buy products from abroad. If I am paying higher prices I would rather live in Norway where services are better and the country is very secenic!
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