Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg recently published an article, borderline taunting the baseline argument of supporters of wide-ranging immigration amnesty, titled “The Big Question Republican Foes of Illegal Immigration Won’t Answer“.
“We’re not going to be deporting 11 million people in any kind of short period of time. It really isn’t practical,” said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative advocacy group devoted to reducing immigration. “You can’t put all the toothpaste back in the tube.” [Emphasis mine]
While this comment within the article is made by someone from the right, this is actually the premise, repeated at rote to the point it has become accepted gospel, that proponents of amnesty for illegally present aliens within the United States rely upon to force the idea that “something must be done“.
Certainly a few things could be done now, without a change whatsoever within the existing framework of law. I recognize that administrations on both sides of the aisle have failed to live up to their responsibility, but here are the things that could be done to start to effect change:
It is Illegal To Bring Illegal Aliens Into US under current Laws
It is unlawful for any person to bring aliens into the United States. Fine: $3,000 for each alien (Sec. 273. [8 U.S.C. 1323])
It is Illegal To Harbor Illegal Immigrants. It is unlawful to bring in or harbor illegal aliens. Fine: $3,000 for each alien. (Sec. 273. [8 U.S.C. 1323] )
It is Illegal To Employ, Recruit, or Refer Illegal Aliens for Jobs. It is unlawful for a person or other entity- to employ or recruit or refer for a fee an illegal alien in the United States. Commercial advantage or private financial gain offender can be fined under title 18, US code, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both. …Any person who, during any 12-month period, knowingly hires for employment at least 10 individuals with actual knowledge that the individuals are aliens described in sub paragraph (B) shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both. (Sec. 274A. [8 U.S.C. 1324a] )
It is Illegal To Forge Documents for Illegal Immigrants or violate Identity Theft Laws. It is unlawful for any person or entity knowingly- to forge documents. Legal documents must be presented when entering the US. ( Sec. 274C. [8 U.S.C. 1324c] )…Fine: not less than $250 and not more than $2,000 for each document that is the subject of a violation….Previous violation: not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000 for each document that is the subject of a violation.
US Laws Declare it is Illegal To Aid or Abet Illegal Immigrants. It is unlawful for anyone to aid or assist aliens to enter the United States. Penalty: fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. ( Sec. 277. [8 U.S.C. 1327] )
Look at the uproar caused by Mitt Romney’s referral to “Self-Deportation”, saying:
“…if people are not able to have a card, and have through an E-Verify system determine that they are here illegally, then they’re going to find they can’t get work here. And if people don’t get work here, they’re going to self-deport to a place where they can get work.”
So, in a reversal of all logic, this statement was seen as a major gaffe. The suggestion that enforcing actual laws, the very laws outlined above, was somehow a callous “horrific” suggestion. This one statement was post-mortem blamed for Romney losing the “hispanic vote” and in turn the election.
If equal amounts of attention are paid to enforcement via attacking industries and employers that literally everyone knows are profiteering on illegal immigration, this would put pressure on the 11 million much faster than trying to marshall the resources to blanket deport. E-Verify should be universally required and harshly enforced. Every single employer who is caught should be punished to the full extent off the law, and serial offenders sued out of existence.
The left try to use the concept of human compassion to win an argument which law and order should have long put to rest.
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