Punish Employers Who Hire Illegals


‘Catching and deporting illegal immigrants along the border is only part of the responsibility. America’s immigration laws apply across all of America, and we will enforce those laws throughout our land.’

These comments, from President Bush’s speech Monday in Tucson, seem to be the first time he has ever publicly referred to interior enforcement of the immigration laws. And that’s no surprise, since this administration has effectively abandoned such enforcement. In 2004, only three employers were cited for knowingly hiring illegal aliens. That’s one-two-three. In the entire country.

Elsewhere in his speech Monday, the President made his views clear: “We will not be able to effectively enforce our immigration laws until we create a temporary-worker program.” The President’s refusal to undertake even those enforcement measures which cost nothing and require no new laws or complex computer systems is powerful evidence that the President’s tough talk on enforcement is simply a smoke screen to camouflage the President’s amnesty program. A genuine commitment to enforcing immigration law - demonstrated not with words but with deeds - is the most important immigration policy change that America needs.

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