President Donald Trump’s deputies have doubled workplace enforcement actions against companies which hire illegals instead of Americans.
The stepped-up enforcement is nudging companies to hire Americans at higher wages, but it is sparking strong resistance from the business lobbies which use illegals to lower Americans’ wages. The lobbies have helped block Trump’s nomination of Thomas Homan to head the agency which performs worksite inspections, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
From Oct. 1, 2017, through May 4, HSI opened 3,510 worksite investigations; initiated 2,282 I-9 audits; and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests, respectively. In comparison, for fiscal year 2017 – running October 2016 to September 2017 – HSI opened 1,716 worksite investigations; initiated 1,360 I-9 audits; and made 139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests related to worksite enforcement.
Some of the agency’s actions have hit the news, including a recent arrest of 97 illegals at a meatpacking plant in Tennesee. The agency also checked 100 7-Eleven stores in January and checked 77 California employers in February.
In 2017, ICE helped win guilty verdicts from three managers at Asplundh Tree Expert Co. (which also paid a $95 million fine for hiring illegals) and forced a Chicago bakery to hire Americans instead of lower-wage illegals.
However, many other actions get little notice in the national media. On April 23, for example, 27 Mexican men were detained at construction sites in Omaha, Neb.
Local immigration attorneys say they started receiving phone calls right away. Some attorneys told KETV that most of the men arrested received bonds and were taken to jail. Others said this operation is one of the biggest illegal immigrant sweeps they’ve seen in recent years.
According to ICE, six of the men arrested had minor criminal histories, and three have previously been deported.
Campuzano said she had to post $7,500 and drive to Grand Island to pick up her husband.
“He’s a good person, these guys are all good people,” Campuzano said, “there’s some that are still torn away from their families.”
Campuzano said her husband is undocumented, but has been in the United States since 2005. They got married about a year ago have a three-year-old daughter together. She hopes that her husband’s clean record and time spent in the country will be enough to apply for immigration relief.
Business groups have protested the enforcement efforts, partly because it threatens the many companies in the construction, agriculture and food industries which hire illegals.
The business groups have gotten quiet support from some GOP politicians and open support from Democratic politicians, including from 20 Democratic Senators who wrote a letter in April urging ICE officials to end workplace enforcement. The opposition helped block Homan’s confirmation to run the ICE agency.
Homan’s progress leaves the ICE agency far short of dealing with the illegal population, which has been growing for at least three decades. The resident population of illegal migrants is estimated to be 11 million, of which roughly 8 million are working in jobs that could be held by Americans.
Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.
The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration shifts wealth from young people towards older people, it floods the market with foreign labor, spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.