Originally posted by OperaTenor:
Don't you think that actually punishing the employers who hire illegals would have a deterrent effect?
I suppose it would, but it would still boil down to a business decision. Is it cheaper to hire illegals for less than legal residents and pay the fine than it is to hire only legals at legal wages?
Actually, the hiring of illegals cheaply doesn't bother me anywhere near as much as the bleeding hearts who want to turn over the country to everyone but those who were born here. I recall a law in California stating that English was the language that all government business was going to be conducted in, yet I also recall DMV tests and pamphlets in more languages than I could recognize.
A semi-personal experience: My wife used to work for a company that assigned non-medical health-care providers for people who were unable to care for themselves. They would help them dress, bathe, go to the toilet, etc. Most of the people who they assigned (all were "independent contractors," not employees) were immigrants, many from Africa. It occurred to her one day that when she would call one person on the list, that one of three different people would show up. All three were using the same store-bought green card and SS card. She called DHS, and they couldn't have cared less.
So much for enforcement of existing laws.
Bureaucrats - can the lot of 'em. No, wait, I'm one of 'em.