Given the catastrophic damage caused to the very fabric of our nation in so many ways, Americans have every right to be fed up with the illegal aliens flowing onto our soil in shattering numbers. What is mystifying is the lack of anger directed against the employers of these interlopers. After all, their motives are far more base and offensive. In the name of cheap labor and increased profits for themselves, those who hire illegals willingly fracture their communities merely to feather their own nests. Why do American citizens continue to put up with such hostile anti-social behavior by those who live among them? As the societal burden becomes unbearable, how much longer can “economic reality” fly as a flimsy excuse?
Sadly, our federal government has been just as blasé, doing nothing substantial to curb the hiring of illegals despite the true national emergency on our southern border. A new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University has found that exactly zero companies have been prosecuted over the past year for knowingly employing illegal alien labor. And it’s not just corporations getting away with flouting the law; only 11 individuals were prosecuted over the same time period, stretching from April 2018 to March 2019. “Given the millions of undocumented immigrants now living and working in this country, the odds of being criminally prosecuted for employing undocumented workers appears to be exceedingly remote,” the study stated.
Where Are the Prosecutions?
The report notes that this is hardly a new phenomenon. Since criminal penalties for companies hiring illegals were first enacted by Congress in 1986, the U.S. government has never prosecuted more than 20 cases in one year, “except for brief periods during 2005 under President Bush, and in the first year of the Obama Administration.”
It is alarming, to say the least, that this sad record has not changed at all two and a half years into the administration of a president who campaigned on a tough anti-illegal immigration agenda. “We are taking work-site enforcement very hard,” then-acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas D. Homan said in an October 2017 speech. “Not only are we going to prosecute the employers who knowingly hire the illegal aliens, we are going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers.”
We’re still waiting, President Trump. In 2018, young college student Mollie Tibbetts was horrifically killed by an illegal alien who worked at a local farm. In the wake of the murder, Iowans pointed the finger of blame at the right target. A September Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll taken a few weeks after the slaying found that 63% of Iowans blamed employers more than workers for the presence of illegal aliens in their communities.
The Iowa legislature apparently heard that loud and clear. The state Senate in April passed a bill that would require all Iowa employers to certify that their workers are legal via the E-Verify system. Companies knowingly hiring illegals would lose their state license.
Companies to Residents: Drop Dead
Despite this long overdue move toward sanity, companies throughout the state continue to brazenly turn a cold shoulder to their fellow Iowans. A group of prominent CEOs, contractors and landscapers, and local chamber of commerce officials have signed the Iowa Compact on Immigration, which snubs its nose at state residents much like the Republican Party has done to its grassroots supporters for years. The very same self-serving weasel words are on full display. The Compact wants to “provide a permanent solution for undocumented Iowans who make significant contributions to our state’s economy.” It seeks to “reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming, hospitable, and business-friendly state.” It desires to “fatten our personal bank accounts through the use of desperate foreigners who will work for poverty wages.” Oops. Actually, it left that last part out.
A typical hand-wringing pro-illegal immigration article posted on NPR’s website in May featured one Ted Wiley, who runs a “small, family-owned construction company” in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Wiley just can’t see how he can manage to keep his business alive without foreign labor. “I don’t doubt that there are immigrants that get into the country that shouldn’t be here. There’s no question about that,” Wiley acknowledges. “I know that there are a lot that come in that are just here for a better life for their family — no different than any of the rest of us. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got room for them.”
Mount Pleasant is only an hour and a half by car from Brooklyn, Iowa, where Mollie Tibbetts had her life cruelly snuffed out at the age of 20 by an illegal alien for whom another Iowa employer had plenty of room. Mollie Tibbetts has been dead for almost a year now, all her tomorrows having been extinguished far before their time. Ted Wiley’s company was named Mount Pleasant’s Small Business of the Year for 2018.
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