The Department of Homeland Security can’t make more than the slightest dent in the illegal immigration “problem,” so officials have decided to focus their efforts on what they call the “worst of the worst,” those who had been deported previously or committed crimes while in the U.S.
The “problem,” of course, is the estimated 11 million people who have entered the country without getting permission from Uncle Sam and his Elite Border Guard, and are still here. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimates that 600,000 of them have been ordered deported but ignored those orders and remain in the country.
ICE conducted a widely publicized series of raids last month and rounded up over 1,200 illegal immigrants at five locations of the Swift meat processing company. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says more workplace raids are coming.
And this week, ICE arrested 761 illegal immigrants just in the Los Angeles metropolitan area — though, to be honest, it didn’t have to go far to find most of them; 423 were already in jail on other charges. Of those, 450 have already been deported, according to an ICE spokeswoman.
The raids were a major push within Operation Return to Sender, a crackdown that has resulted in 13,192 arrests nationwide since late May. Immigration officials have also identified 3,000 inmates in state and local jails who will be deported.
The operation targets those illegal immigrants who go into hiding after skipping their deportation proceedings and criminals who have re-entered the United States after being previously deported for crimes committed in this country. — Associated Press
It’s pretty clear that some sort of fundamental change is necessary. There’s no way to locate and deport every “illegal” who came here to work. The government simply doesn’t have the resources, and it would destroy our economy to even make the attempt. But some well-meaning but misguided legislators not only want to make the attempt, they want to require everyone in the country to be screened by the government before they can accept a job.
The document-verification program, known as Basic Pilot, allows the roughly 13,000 participating employers to confirm that a worker’s name matches up properly with the Social Security number the worker provides. But the system is not equipped to catch a worker who uses a borrowed or stolen identity — or multiple uses of that identity.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said “different smokestacks of government” need to operate more closely, comparing the immigration problem to the barriers between the FBI and CIA had before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The senators said they would push for a better approach to verifying workers’ identities by pushing to remove restrictions that inhibit some federal agencies, such as the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service, from working with immigration officials due to privacy concerns or other interests. — Dallas Morning News
In other words, they’re going to be allowed to use the illegal immigrants’ own tax returns to locate them. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. They pay more in taxes than you do, albeit under false names and Social Security numbers. They’ll never see a dime of Social Security payments, though.
Under the proposal currently on the table, the Basic Pilot program, operating since 1997 and now voluntary, would be made mandatory for every employer in the country. Americans would not be able to work, or take a new job, unless they passed whatever screening that Homeland Security wanted to perform. This doesn’t mean illegal immigrants. This is a complete federal government surveillance over virtually every American’s job — to “fix” a “problem” that simply can’t be fixed.
What need to be “fixed” are the real problems underlying illegal immigration, as well as everyone’s illegal immigration complaints. First, that it’s far too difficult for people to immigrate legally. For nationals of some countries, it’s virtually impossible. This is so because of a Byzantine bureaucracy which can’t even keep up with even the minuscule quotas imposed on immigration from various other countries. For others, it’s an insulting and degrading “lottery.”
As if there isn’t enough room here for everyone who wants to come here. With tens of thousands of Americans — and growing — fleeing the approaching police state every year, there’s going to be plenty of room, at least until the police state arrives and the immigrants stop coming because it’s no longer a free enough country, and a fence prevents people from getting back out anyway. I suppose that’s one way to “fix” the problem, but who wants to live that way?