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Illegal immigration at issue

July 30, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

Failure to deal realistically with illegal immigration is not a partisan matter. Under both Republican and Democrat presidents, too many illegal aliens have been given free passes.

In some respects, President Barack Obama's administration is an improvement over that of his predecessor, President George W. Bush. For example, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this year. That is an increase of 10 percent over the deportation total during Bush's last year in office.

Unfortunately, immigration control has been a hit-or-miss affair. One effective tactic is raiding businesses that employ illegal immigrants. During the 2008 fiscal year, 5,100 illegal aliens were arrested in raids.

But ICE has cut back on them, according to a published report. Raids on businesses have netted just 765 arrests of illegal aliens this fiscal year.

The numbers are miniscule in comparison to the problem - an estimated 11 million people are in the United States illegally.

Still, federal agencies should be using every tool available to crack down on the illegals. Taking action against employers who knowingly hire "undocumented workers" is an effective strategy - and raids are a good tactic to implement it. ICE should step up its raids, as well as other action against such companies.



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