One of the most effective ways of preventing illegal immigration has always been to target the employers – people are less likely to come here illegally if there aren’t ready jobs for them. But maybe because big employers have more political pull than poor illegal immigrants, it’s a step the government has seemingly been hesitant to take – until now.
ICE just conducted nationwide raids on nearly 100 7-11 convenience stores, after a company audit showed they allegedly had unauthorized workers on the payroll. This is reportedly just the first step in a crackdown on employers small, medium and Super Big Gulp size. ICE’s Acting Director said he hopes this will send a message that employers will be held accountable for encouraging illegal immigration by hiring undocumented workers. That’s probably the strongest signal yet that when it comes to illegal immigration, there’s a new sheriff in town.
Well, that and the fact that deportation arrests are up 40% in the past year. And I assume the government no longer tells deportees, “Thank you, and come again!”