In a report that should probably come as no surprise to anyone, a new study finds that very few companies ever suffer legal consequences for hiring illegal aliens. After the Transnational Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University went delving into prosecution records from April 2018 to March 2019, researchers discovered that only 11 people were prosecuted for knowingly hiring illegal migrants during that time period. For the past two months, no one at all has been brought to justice for hiring aliens. In the past year, not a single company has been prosecuted or reprimanded for the practice.
From The Daily Caller:
The low levels of legal reprimand appear as an oddity given the surge of illegal aliens appearing at the U.S. southern border — many of them claiming they emigrated in search of better work opportunities.
Border apprehensions have increased every month since January, with the months of March and April witnessing back-to-back migrant encounters of over 100,000. Altogether, over half a million illegal immigrants have been apprehended since the beginning of the fiscal year.
“Given the millions of undocumented immigrants now working in this country, the odds of being criminally prosecuted for employing undocumented workers appears to be exceedingly remote,” the study noted. “Not only are few employers prosecuted, fewer who are convicted receive sentences that amount to more than token punishment. Prison sentences are rare.”
This is, unfortunately, why even the greatest wall on the planet will not entirely solve our illegal immigration crisis. As long as the Chamber of Commerce is calling the shots in Washington, a national program like E-Verify will have a hard time gaining purchase. There are businesses great and small that essentially depend on cheap illegal labor to make a profit, and as long as that’s the case, they are going to promote policies and politicians who allow them to keep doing just that. Even now, in the midst of a tremendous crisis at the border, would-be refugees are being handed work permits before they leave detention. Explain that one.
The answer to most of the unanswerable questions in this country is: Follow the money. Nowhere is this more true than with illegal immigration. Until we start cracking down on employers who exploit this labor at the expense of hardworking Americans, nothing is going to change. Unfortunately, there is zero interest among Democrats to initiate this crackdown, and there isn’t much more among Republicans in Washington.
On the other hand, there is tremendous interest among the U.S. population. Perhaps eventually, that will make a difference.