The U.S. government is worried about businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants and is taking strong measures to crack down on the practice.
This week, the government sent over 1,000 notices to companies all across the country that notified them of impending audits of their hiring records. The audits, called "I-9" audits, are usually targeted at businesses that play a major role in national security. The businesses that get I-9 audits come from a wide variety of industries such as banking, energy, IT, and transportation according to CNN.
More businesses, both large and small, are being audited this year than ever before. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) perfumed 2,196 audits. That was up from 1,444 in 2009 and only 500 in 2008. This year, there have already been 2,300 and it’s only June.
It looks like the hiring of illegals became a bigger issue in Washington with the hiring of Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security in 2009.
"The inspections will touch on employers of all sizes and in every state in the nation, with an emphasis on businesses related to critical infrastructure and key resources," ICE public affairs spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said to CNN.
There’s no word on what specific businesses were targeted to be audited this time.
Just how much of a problem is the hiring of illegal immigrants within small businesses? The motivations for doing such are pretty obvious. Not only do you have a workforce that you can pay less, but you also have one that can’t take their problems anywhere. The ability to exploit illegals without a method is recourse is definitely a problem.
But on the other hand, illegal immigrants have families. And they need to feed, clothe and shelter those families. If someone can do a job well and wants to work, is it wrong to let them work?
The response to this point usually comes in the form of American job loss. Unemployment is high right now, and some argue that illegals immigrants are taking American jobs.
One state is taking some pretty extreme measures to curtail their illegal immigration problem. Alabama just passed a bill that many are calling the harshest in the country. The bill would strengthen laws against employing illegal immigrants and well as make it a crime to rent to them if you are a landlord. A provision would even make transporting illegals a crime.
Proponents say that the bill is about American unemployment. Opponents say that the bill is an attack on every aspect of an immigrant’s life.
Either way, it looks like the U.S. government is serious about eliminating the hiring of illegals. Is this a huge problem in communities? Do you have any experience with this issue? Lets us know what you think.