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Silent Raids: Obama solves half a problem, creates many others

Obama’s latest approach to immigration enforcement – silent raid audits – is having considerable success in locating illegal aliens in America.

It all sounds great: “ICE raid nabs [X-number] of illegals” and “[X-number] undocumented workers fired.” But the plan has serious deficiencies in practice.

Throughout the last year, auditors from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department examined forms known as I-9s, which all new hires in the country must fill out. ICE then advised companies of Social Security and immigration numbers that did not check out with federal databases. The audits force businesses to fire every suspected illegal immigrant on the payroll, not just those on duty at the time of a raid. The audits also make it much harder to hire other unauthorized workers as replacements.

So far, ICE conducted audits of more than 2,970 companies, resulting in nearly $7 million in civil fines and thousands of workers found to be illegal have been fired, and detained by ICE.

And then, those illegals are … released.

While cracking down on employers who hire illegals, the immigration agency has won’t bring any criminal charges against immigrant workers who lack legal status, but have otherwise clean records. You can STAY in America illegally. You just can’t WORK here.

More than 60 percent of farm workers in the United States are illegal immigrants, federal labor officials estimate.

Gebbers Farm, an orchard in Washington, was audited and 500 of its workers, mostly immigrants from Mexico were found to be in the country illegally. These firings shocked the little village of 2100 in eastern Washington, with many residents claiming they “had no idea” that 25 percent of their neighbors were not American citizens. Many of the illegals simply bought new illegal documents – which are ridiculously easy to obtain – and went right back to work. Illegals use stolen-but-valid Social Security Numbers. E-Verify can’t differentiate between an illegal using a stolen SSN, and a legitimate employee, unless illegals use their names in conjunction with the stolen SSN, which they have been instructed by the coyote who brought them across the border to NEVER do. Of course, it doesn’t help having an absurd law which absolves them of the crime of SSN ID theft if they claim they only “borrowed” the SSN to work, and didn’t “knowingly” steal an identity.

What’s the difference between these “silent raids” and if the DEA raids a drug dealer’s stash house, but doesn’t confiscate the drugs or arrest the dealers? Does it really do anyone any good to have a police spokesman or politician stand there and say, “Yup, we’ve identified the criminals, but we’re not going to arrest them or do anything to get them off our streets.”

Gebbers Farms applied to the federal Guest Workers Program and hired 1,200 workers, most from Mexico who are allowed stay in the US for up to six months without citizenship or any further documentation, and no follow-up at the six-month point to verify the workers’ status at that time. Only another raid prompts any action.

So instead of communities being populated by illegal aliens working at menial jobs, we have communities being populated by “legal” aliens working menial jobs *AND* illegal aliens who have no job, a lot of resentful anger … and a lot of time on their hands.

So what’s being accomplished other than catchy banner headlines, great video footage of illegals being walked out in handcuffs, and the padding of a $300 Billion federal department budget? If the government is going through all the effort of FINDING illegal aliens, WHY NOT DEPORT THEM? Every politician in America has looked into a TV camera and said that the reason they can’t “just go deport illegals” is because it’s so difficult to find them. So why not deport them now that you’ve found them? Why? Because it’s “mean”? Because it’s “not fair to the illegals and their families”? Because it might tarnish the “white knight” image that so many in Washington DC are deluded enough to think still exists, or matters?

What is the sense in filling America’s agricultural and manufacturing communities with millions of pissed off Mexicans?

I want to revisit this issue in a few months to see what the robbery, home invasion, and street crime statistics are in those communities where illegals were forced out of their workplace and then just cut loose and told to fend for themselves.

But hey, at least we’ll get to watch the video footage of organized illegal alien protests all over the country as people who aren’t citizens of the United States wave their country’s flag and demand their “rights.”

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at March 6, 2011 10:14 AM
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The Obama administration, contrary to the opinion of many conservatives, has been enforcing immigration regulations with draconian zeal. It has racked up annual records in criminal prosecutions and deportations with a priority on deportations of those with criminal records. This business targeted program is only one aspect of the administration’s enforcement programs.

Posted by: Rich at March 6, 2011 11:37 AM
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Good informative post GSL. So who should I believe; GSL, who has the facts, or Rich, who is just quoting more liberal anti-American BS? Duh, I’ll stick with GSL.

Posted by: Conservativethinker at March 6, 2011 11:54 AM
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Contrary to what liberals would like the people to think, the Obama Administration is faking it. Let’s pretend we are cracking down on illegal immigration and see if we can get that comprehensive immigration amnesty bill on the Presidents desk for signing.

“And then, those illegals are… released.”

To say that Obama has done more than other presidents is saying nothing at all.

Open borders and unrestricted movement of production units is part and parcel with the New World Order, politically correctly known as ‘globalization.

Mexico is a third world country by choice of it’s owners and their pet politicians.

I was disgusted watching the Obama/Calderon misinformation show. Unprecedented cooperation? No, just more unprecedented B.S.

Posted by: jlw at March 6, 2011 4:20 PM
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IMO, the Executive continues to give full US support to NAFTA and NAU rulings. Just one of those things provided by the Corpocracy that we, the people, weren’t involved in, like it or not.

Some excerpts from Jerome R. Corsi’s “The Late Great USA”:
“recall that in 1999 Herbert Grubel, Economist, Simon Fraser Institute, Vancouver, proposed that “perhaps on Jan 1, 2010—Canada, the US and Mexico will replace their national currencies with the amero.” At the same time he proposed a North American central bank that would replace the national banks of the three countries. The central bank would dictate regional banking law, impinging on the US Treasury’s sovereignty.”

Corsi writes that if the dollar collapses it is likely the gov’t will adopt the Amero as the new and regional currency, similar to what the EU did with the Euro. And, this would contend that the US needs a larger market place, ushering in the NAU concept and the largest retail market in the world replete with tar sand oil, fresh water and minerals from Canada, free migration within the NAU borders, supplying a constant stream of relatively cheap, untrained, and uneducated Mexican work force to fill a host of low-paying jobs ‘Globalists typically argue for regional currencies over national currencies because they see multinational corporations as our future.” He notes that the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), birthed by the Council on Foreign Relations in 2005, is composed almost entirely of multinational business leaders, not the public or their elected representatives.

In the interim the US has spent millions on harmonizing security, administrative and trade law and on laying the groundwork for the NAFTA highway, no visible as the Trans-Texas Corridor. Likewise, through NAFTA Chapter 11 tribunals, NAFTA has moved incrementally from a free trade agreement to a legal dispute mechanism in which the supremacy of our own Supreme Court is necessarily compromised. “The movement toward a NAU begins with the economy, moves to the courts, and ends with political union.”

“The 2005 Report to Leaders made clear that a ‘continental perimeter’ has been defined as the primary line of defense against terrorists.” Currently, electronic systems NEXUS, FAST and SENTRI ‘trusted traveler’ programs are in place to facilitate border crossing between the three nations. Widening of the Panama Canal and the construction of a new seaport in Mexico are nearing completion. In April, 1992, President G. H. W. Bush signed Executive Order No. 12803, giving cities and states authority to lease public works infrastructure to private investors. Trillions of dollars in investment will be required to build out the planned development of four north-south corridors that will span N. Am. east to west.

An FOIA request provided a copy of the US-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement. The SSA signed the agreement in 2004. I don’t know if Pres. Bush ever signed but if he did the House would have sixty days to vacate the agreement by voting to reject it. The US currently has totalization agreements with twenty-one countries, allowing workers to combine earnings from foreign countries with earnings in the US to qualify for Social Security benefits. The agreement with Mexico, if approved, would allow a Mexican worker to qualify for SS benefits after six quarters (18 months) of employment in the US. A US worker typically needs 40 calendar quarters (120 months) to receive SS benefits. I ‘googled’ but couldn’t confirm if the agreement has been signed or approved.

Belaboured the point for sure but I’m confident that all the effort put into globalisation, WTO, NAFTA, NAU, SPP, etc is not for naught. I believe it answers your question: “What is the sense in filling America’s agricultural and manufacturing communities with millions of pissed off Mexicans?”

Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at March 6, 2011 4:29 PM
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Thanks, Roy Ellis! Bullseye! Welcome Back!

Posted by: Weary Willie at March 6, 2011 6:06 PM
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“International Social Security agreements, often called “Totalization agreements,” have two main purposes. First, they eliminate dual Social Security taxation, the situation that occurs when a worker from one country works in another country and is required to pay Social Security taxes to both countries on the same earnings. Second, the agreements help fill gaps in benefit protection for workers who have divided their careers between the United States and another country.

Agreements to coordinate Social Security protection across national boundaries have been common in Western Europe for decades. Following is a list of the agreements the United States has concluded and the date of the entry into force of each. Some of these agreements were subsequently revised; the date shown is the date the original agreement entered into force.”

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