Enforcement Only? Yes, Only for Working People

One of the common complaints over the recent increase in the number of worksite raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is that it is the workers who are hit the hardest, while the employers go unpunished. On Monday, in the Houston Chronicle, Stewart Powell reported on this ongoing pattern:
Only 75 ''bosses" -- business owners, supervisors or human resources workers -- have been arrested on charges such as harboring or knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants.

That accounts for barely 2 percent of the total of 3,750 workplace immigration arrests since last October.

Even though Department of Homeland Security talks big about cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants, federal officials explain that is easier to prove that an immigrant is here illegally than it is to build a case against the employer.

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