Business Owners Who Employ Illegal Aliens Should Be Arrested

They should be jailed, denied bail due to the severity of the crime, and tried under the Patriot Act and other federal code for supporting whatever heinous crimes Trump and company blame on undocumented workers. It makes perfect sense.

When multiple defendants are charged in a criminal case, prosecutors seek to indict those involved from the lowest to the highest levels. Good prosecutions see the ringleaders facing the most severe charges supported by the testimony of their subordinates.

United States citizens who employ undocumented workers are at the top of the power pyramid. They pay money for the services of undocumented workers. These employers attract the foreign workers through an illegal job market. As a result, employers need to bear the heaviest charges and penalties for hiring those here illegally.

Why isn’t prosecution of employers the central issue in the campaign against the illegal employment market?

Why aren’t the job market makers bearing the brunt of law enforcement efforts? After all, without them, there would be hardly any undocumented workers.

Does anyone seriously contend that the undocumented would be here without a known job market before the dangerous and costly track across the border?

The following is a summary of Federal law under the INA: ACT 274A – UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS   Sec. 274A. [8 U.S.C. 1324a]

“A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:

How can employers know that a prospective employee is a legal worker? The federal government lists and presents the qualifying documents. It’s not hard to make this determination (Form I-9 Acceptable Documents). There are even services that search multiple databases to assist employers. There are even services that search multiple databases to assist employers.

Violation of federal law against unlawful employment, INA: Act 274A, can result in monetary penalties ranging from $250 to $5000 per violation. Prison sentences are also available. Employing the Patriot Act should also become part of the prosecution of problem employers. If the crimes are as bad as the right wing insists, then a higher order set of laws and punishments should be available through the Patriot Act.

How can we catch employers who violate employment laws? Undocumented worker seized for deportation should be given the opportunity to name their employer. Once they do, these witnesses can be housed in a civilized setting until they testify against the named employer.

If Trump and Company truly believe that illegal aliens need to be deported on an urgent basis, the other half of the equation, their employers, must be treated with the same urgency and severity of punishment.

In reality …

The entire debate surrounding illegal aliens and the presence of millions of undocumented worker is deliberately skewed against workers. We hear nonstop blathering by Republicans and their fellow travelers, the Alt Right, about the dangers of illegal immigration and aliens. Wouldn’t it be refreshing and very useful for the zealots to tell the truth?

People come to the United States of America to work for three fundamental reasons.

  • There is no work or insufficiently compensated work in the country of origin.
  • The U.S. has a very real market for the labor and skills of these people.
  • This market requires workers to perform jobs that U.S. citizens cannot or will not do.

How about giving the real world labor and market dynamics a chance while making the process more civilized for all involved?

Creative commons 4.0

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  • diogenes

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. And for a six month minimum per worker, and fined significantly personally and their businesses also, separately. It’s criminal that someone who steals a car goes to jail and someone who conspires to degrade the conditions of employment of 325 million Americans goes on vacation.

    You omit a major reason that people come to America for work — because Wall Street investment abroad and American governments meddling in their homelands to enforce Wall Street thuggery wrecks their home economies. Mexico and Honduras, for example.

  • andrew1212

    Doesn’t the US Dept. of Defense employ soldiers–who are allowed to enlist…then become citizens?

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  • Charlie Primero

    > This market requires workers to perform jobs that U.S. citizens cannot or will not do.

    Wrong.

    Is this buffoon lying on purpose, or does he lack even the most basic understanding of economics?

    Either way, low-quality posts like this degrade Washington’s Blog.

    • Low quality, rude responses like yours are not intended to promote dialog or generate accuracy. They are likely one of the following: 1) comments by someone ill informed, 2) a combination of rudeness and ignorance, 3) the expression of a perpetually bitter person who uses the internet as a form of relief. I’m more than happy to have dialog on facts or policies but find it totally unacceptable to deal with comments that are, at the very lease, intentionally rude.

  • Blue Rabbit

    Somebody should tell my plumber that citizens don’t want hard, dirty jobs. Of course it’s an insult to workers to say that they won’t do hard work. Elitists think it’s OK to pit groups of workers against each other. It keeps wages low.
    Having worked out in the real world using physical labor and having to compete with illegal immigrants I think I know a bit more about the subject than your typical college grad in an office job.

    I think the way it really is is that citizens are less inclined to take a job in a poisoned field for terrible wages in a setting where the immigrant is a virtual slave. A citizen who might know their rights would probably not even be hired.
    The exploitation even extends to the position some take that these folks will pay taxes for services they’ll never receive. A monetary benefit to society for undercutting citizen workers. Holding the sword of expulsion to gain advantage over imported workers.
    I’m not saying immigration is bad but mass immigration destroys the fabric of the working class. It’s also used as a hammer to keep wages and benefits low.
    Have you ever been to a homeless camp? I have and they’re littered with working class folks dying for the lack of jobs.

    The solution to this problem is easy. If you think mass immigration is fair then you should also be fair and give your job to an immigrant. That’s what you’re demanding other people do. I worked in trades for decades and it was the Blacks who were replaced first.
    Worker replacement by undocumented workers is part of the reason for Trump. Trades like landscaping and construction (along with others) are permeated by undocumented workers.
    I resent US workers being called lazy and having it used as an excuse for lack of a living wage and to import more easily managed, cheaper labor.

    • I agree that a key reason for Trump support comes from legitimately angry citizens who are screwed out of opportunities to work. This is part of a bigger complaint about equity and fairness. Wall Street’s obsession with derivatives and other high risk products crashed the economy in 2008. Even Alan Greenspan said there were illegal activities behind this. There was no serious effort by federal authorities to investigate and seriously prosecute crimes. Unfortunately, the big lie Trump conveyed about being concerned about this was taken seriously by too many people. Ultimately, Clinton was so discredited that her support couldn’t sustain Comey’s effort to swing the eelection to Trump in the final moments.

      Absent a real job market, undocumented workers wouldn’t face the risks of illegal entry. If the Democrats or the “left” wanted to promote more jobs, they would strongly advocate to prosecute employers. If the right truly wanted to stop undocumented workers, they would so the same. Neither camp is adamant about prosecuting employers. I take this as silent support of the viability and functional necessity of these markets. The issue is just a bull shit diversion from the real problem – a rigged economy that perpetuates oligarchy. Socialism for the ultra, ultra rich and Social Darwinism for the rest of us.

  • 789

    >>>>> “without a known job market”

    the reason there is a market is because employers do not want the market to decide, they want to break the rules of the market by flooding the market. if the border was closed, the market could operate and would decide

    once upon a time, before the market was busted, citizens of the United States performed all those tasks (and could earn a living performing them)
    once upon a time citizens packed the meat (for $17/h), but market manipultators brought in aliens to bust the market; and now they (and their theologians) claim that citizens are not willing to pack meat for $9/h