Thursday, April 20, 2006

A step in the right direction

Well, whaddaya know...
WASHINGTON -- Immigration agents arrested seven executives and hundreds of employees of a manufacturer of crates and pallets as part of a crackdown on employers of illegal workers.
Authorities raided offices and plants of IFCO Systems in at least nine states, including Pennsylvania, the culmination of a yearlong criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said. Raids took place in Biglerville, Adams County (Pa.); at several locations in upstate New York; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Houston; Indianapolis; Phoenix; Richmond, Va., and Westborough, Mass.

Now, that's the right idea. Make the jokers who knowingly hire illegals pay a price for it. If those execs got scammed by phony green cards, that's another story. But there's another avenue of investigation if that was the case... find out where the phony green cards are coming from.
"ICE has no tolerance for corporate officers who harbor illegal aliens for their work force. Today's nationwide enforcement actions show how we will use all our investigative tools to bring these individuals to justice, no matter how large or small their company," said Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Julie Myers.
And there's more...
Last week, operators of three restaurants in Baltimore pleaded guilty to similar immigration charges, while nine people affiliated with two temporary employment agencies that do business in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania were charged in a $5.3 million scheme involving the employment and harboring of illegal aliens.
Several immigration proposals pending in Congress would stiffen penalties against employers who hire illegal immigrants.

If you want to stop the flood of illegals, start by enforcing the law. Not just along the border, but in the heartland, too.