I will start by saying I’m mixed a little on the new “silent raid” policy that ICE is now using. The idea seems to be to target employers, which I like, but then we don’t deport the illegal’s the company just fires them.
So as I’ve said I like targeting employers since they are the source of employment for illegal’s and the reason many illegal’s come here. But what happens to the illegal’s once they are fired? Do they return to their country of origin or stay here unemployed and needing money badly to support their families? Could this policy actually increase the crime rate?
In a town for example where a warehouse hires a large number of illegal’s and then in one day or a short period do we now have a small town with a huge unemployed illegal population fearing how they will pay their rent or feed their families.
Are we doing them a favor by not deporting? Just some questions I have.
Either way it seems the Arizona situation has created some federal movement in the enforcement of the law.
How hard would it be to create a better worker program? Could we not have a program with offices at all major entry points and a simplified system to quickly issue documentation? Of course to do this would still require closing the border.
I don’t believe a single approach to this problem will work but many implemented in conjunction are needed.