Obama's Silent Raids to Capture Illegal Aliens

Immigration Raids

President Obama has ordered the INS to conduct "silent" raids on employers suspected of hiring illegals. These raids comprise of a few men or women without notice and starting auditing the employer's records. When illegals are found to be working, they are fired on the spot but more often than not, not deported to their country. In the past year, ICE (formerly INS), has raided 2900 companies and levied over $3,000,000 in fines for hiring illegal aliens. Thousands have been fired. One company, Gebber Farms, had hired 500 illegals in Washington. This silent raid is effective, previously Bush had agents swarm known sites and round up the illegals, some got away.

The silent raids target a company's payroll books and finds all employees even if they are not at work. The fines deter employers. A single agent can easily audit many companies and issue fines on the spot. Those caught are simply fired and they go home. Of course, many think the suspects should be deported-which costs money and trauma to their families. Losing a job is trauma enough. One bakery in San Diego was found to have hired 12 illegals. ICE filed 12 criminal counts against the bakery, then seized his business. In Maryland, two chain restaurants were caught with 24 illegals on their books, the chain was fined $734,000 and plead guilty to criminal charges.

Businesses should be wary of the silent raids-there is nowhere to hide.

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Sylvie Strong 6 years ago

In my opinion, this enforcement policy is pointed exactly at the right direction. Rather than persecuting the employees trying to do shitty jobs for unconscionable pay simply levy huge criminal sanctions against any employer found to hire illegal aliens. Obviously, there should be a state of mind requirement. If you checked papers but were reasonably fooled by forged documents you should not be punished. But if more employers started going to jail, the jobs would dry up and this issue would end at its source. Instead, our politicians like blaming illegal aliens because they are unsympathetic victims and they do not want to go after small business owners. By the way, since these illegals are doing jobs in agriculture and the restaurant service industry that others do not want, once we try to replace this labor with U.S. citizens the cost of labor will skyrocket. I live in California and I could walk into any restaurant kitchen and find at least a half-dozen illegal immigrants. Expect the cost of eating out to go way up. And the loss in sales tax revenue (illegals send money home but they also buy a lot of things like food, alcohol and cigarettes for which they pay sales tax) to Arizona and California will further harm them (for Arizona it will be poetic). We have a pool of willing people that are doing our shit jobs for nothing and we are beating our chests and talking about this as it is a problem. In any event, targeting employers is the only policy that makes sense and the only policy that will work. Be careful what you wish for. I'm not directing this rant at you because your hub seems pretty neutral and seeks only to be informative. But I just wanted to make a point. Thanks.

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Interesting attack the businesses. I wonder if these businesses knew these were illegals are not. With all the scam and identity thefts, many of the illegals have forged documents that make them appear to be legal. I hope this is all taken into account.

I do see where we need to put some pressure on the companies that hire the illegals and help promote their coming to the states illegal. This is part of te problem. Let's see if Obama start enforcing the rest of te law, too.

I love the Mexican people and care much about them. We need to help them do the rigth things, and not lure them here to the USA as illegals.

Keep on hubbing!

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Yes, the main businesses being targeted are those which are suspect for knowingly hire illegals, but that is not the only ones. Not knowing is weak because some had no SSN and were paid in cash.

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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

Sure, targeting the employers is a good thing. Where does the money from those fines go? They should use that fine money to pay for cost of sending them back. Let the law breaking company pay for it. But we need to secure the border. It isn't a quick fix, we need to work all the angles of this problem not just focus on one part.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

right on the mark, Joni.

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Such a deep issue that seems to get more entwined as we go on - thanks for the hub and discussion.

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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Seems this fining on the spot is simply a way for Obama to bring more money into the coffers! The administration isn't serious if the illegals are let go and not deported! Do we normally let criminals walk from the police?

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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Sounds like a good plan, but I think the illegals should be deported. They aren't supposed to be in the US--them being here is a crime. So why are the employers charged with crimes, but the illegals get away? Nothing is done to them. Seems a bit unfair to me.

@American Romance--Yes, I'm afraid Obama lets criminals go--it's horribly unfair. This is ridiculous playing favorites with criminals(the employer and the illegals). Why does one get punished, but the other goes free with NO punishment? And loosing your job doesn't count as punishment--it's part of the consequences! Americans across the nation are loosing jobs.

Greengo 5 years ago

Well, well, well, I'm tired to here here and there, illegals, illegals......everybody is talking about they have to be deported cause illegals( aliens?) come on be realist, we are citizen fine, maybe because our ancestors were here long time ago, but first of all, this land belong to the indians not us, we are not coming from indian 100%, where are they now???? lucky of you maybe, think about it, not only call them " illegals", meybe you or me have inmigrant's blood, who knows.... do your job and live happy, let the government does their job...

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perrya 5 years ago Author

spoken like an honest greengo. Muy bueno mi amigo!

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