Sunday, July 02, 2006

A policy of lunacy via FR

A policy of lunacy

Instead, the Bush administration, responding to pressure from business interests that rely on illegal-immigrant labor, has essentially given up on employer sanctions. Ignore the recent high-profile arrests meant to score political points during the debate over immigration-reform proposals and contemplate these numbers: From 1999 to 2003, federal immigration-related work-site raids dropped off 95 percent, and the number of employers prosecuted for hiring illegal immigrants plunged from 182 to four. Want more? In 1999, authorities sought fines against 417 companies. How many were targeted in 2004? Three. How many people in Congress griped about this unannounced surrender? Not nearly enough to matter.

This is lunacy, on a par with the government subsidizing tobacco growers while imploring people not to smoke and suing tobacco firms over cigarettes' health toll.

The next time one of Darryl Griffen's brave agents is attacked and injured on the job, don't just blame the human-smuggling cartels. Blame the Bush administration. Blame the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Blame Congress. The job magnet is what drives the border crisis – and the reason the magnet is so powerful has everything to do with decisions made on this side of the border.

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