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Thread: Read this on msn today: Crackdown on illegal immigrants

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12410887/
    Companies hiring illegal immigrants targeted
    Feds to come down hard' on employers using cheap labor, Chertoff says

    WASHINGTON - The government plans to crack down ever harder on employers who harbor and hire illegal immigrants, pursuing companies that ignore the law so they can exploit cheap labor.

    "We are going to move beyond the current level of activity to a higher level in each month and year to come," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday. He pledged to "come down as hard as possible" on violators.

    Federal agents on Wednesday arrested seven current and former managers of IFCO Systems, a manufacturer of crates and pallets, on criminal charges, and more than 1,100 people were arrested on administrative immigration charges at more than 40 IFCO sites in the U.S

    "Our nation's communities cannot be a wild frontier where illegal aliens and unscrupulous employees subvert our nation's laws," said Julie Myers, assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Don Sherman, director of the Cincinnati Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, an advocate for immigrant workers and their rights, was skeptical about the government's move.

    "I think the timing is very suspicious because there are a number of rallies coming up around the country promoting immigration reform," he said.

    Chertoff denies ties with recent protests
    Chertoff denied the timing of the stepped-up enforcement had anything to do with recent immigration demonstrations, saying the investigations began more than a year ago.

    Messages left with IFCO officials were not immediately returned Thursday. In a statement Wednesday, the company pledged to cooperate with the investigation and comply with state and federal requirements.

    The Germany-based company describes itself as the leading pallet services company in America.

    More than half of the company's roughly 5,800 employees during 2005 had invalid or mismatched Social Security numbers, the government alleges.

    The case began after officials got a tip that IFCO workers in Guilderland, N.Y., were seen ripping up their W-2 income statement forms because they did not intend to file tax returns, Chertoff said.

    Six of seven current and former IFCO managers charged with felony conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens were released on bond and are to appear May 4 in Albany, N.Y., where the criminal complaint was filed and the investigation began at a suburban IFCO facility

    The managers could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each alien involved, as well as forfeitures.

    "Just a small fine or a slap on the wrist is not a deterrent," Myers said.

    Most of the 1,187 illegal immigrants arrested are being processed for deportation, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tina Sciocchetti in Albany.

    Up to 20 workers living together
    "They were getting cheated on their overtime," she said. "There were 10 to 20 people living in a house sleeping on air mattresses. They weren't the greatest employment conditions."

    In other recent high-profile immigration cases:

    The operators of three Baltimore restaurants pleaded guilty to immigration charges last week.
    Nine people affiliated with two temporary employment agencies with business in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania were charged in an alleged $5.3 million scheme involving illegal immigrants.
    If Congress provides the money, officials said they plan to add about 200 more agents by the end of next year as they go after companies that violate immigration laws. There are now about 325 agents.

    Federal officials also are asking Congress for greater access to workers' Social Security data to help uncover illegal aliens who use bogus identification data.

    2006 The Associated Press.

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12410887/
    Companies hiring illegal immigrants targeted
    Feds to come down hard' on employers using cheap labor, Chertoff says

    WASHINGTON - The government plans to crack down ever harder on employers who harbor and hire illegal immigrants, pursuing companies that ignore the law so they can exploit cheap labor.

    "We are going to move beyond the current level of activity to a higher level in each month and year to come," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday. He pledged to "come down as hard as possible" on violators.

    Federal agents on Wednesday arrested seven current and former managers of IFCO Systems, a manufacturer of crates and pallets, on criminal charges, and more than 1,100 people were arrested on administrative immigration charges at more than 40 IFCO sites in the U.S

    "Our nation's communities cannot be a wild frontier where illegal aliens and unscrupulous employees subvert our nation's laws," said Julie Myers, assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Don Sherman, director of the Cincinnati Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, an advocate for immigrant workers and their rights, was skeptical about the government's move.

    "I think the timing is very suspicious because there are a number of rallies coming up around the country promoting immigration reform," he said.

    Chertoff denies ties with recent protests
    Chertoff denied the timing of the stepped-up enforcement had anything to do with recent immigration demonstrations, saying the investigations began more than a year ago.

    Messages left with IFCO officials were not immediately returned Thursday. In a statement Wednesday, the company pledged to cooperate with the investigation and comply with state and federal requirements.

    The Germany-based company describes itself as the leading pallet services company in America.

    More than half of the company's roughly 5,800 employees during 2005 had invalid or mismatched Social Security numbers, the government alleges.

    The case began after officials got a tip that IFCO workers in Guilderland, N.Y., were seen ripping up their W-2 income statement forms because they did not intend to file tax returns, Chertoff said.

    Six of seven current and former IFCO managers charged with felony conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens were released on bond and are to appear May 4 in Albany, N.Y., where the criminal complaint was filed and the investigation began at a suburban IFCO facility

    The managers could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each alien involved, as well as forfeitures.

    "Just a small fine or a slap on the wrist is not a deterrent," Myers said.

    Most of the 1,187 illegal immigrants arrested are being processed for deportation, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tina Sciocchetti in Albany.

    Up to 20 workers living together
    "They were getting cheated on their overtime," she said. "There were 10 to 20 people living in a house sleeping on air mattresses. They weren't the greatest employment conditions."

    In other recent high-profile immigration cases:

    The operators of three Baltimore restaurants pleaded guilty to immigration charges last week.
    Nine people affiliated with two temporary employment agencies with business in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania were charged in an alleged $5.3 million scheme involving illegal immigrants.
    If Congress provides the money, officials said they plan to add about 200 more agents by the end of next year as they go after companies that violate immigration laws. There are now about 325 agents.

    Federal officials also are asking Congress for greater access to workers' Social Security data to help uncover illegal aliens who use bogus identification data.

    2006 The Associated Press.

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    The SSA is under direct orders to disclose any information regarding illegal immigration in order to help the former INS (now USCIS) in the "performance of their duties regarding aliens". States who receive any funding related to the implementation of a public assistance program is under the same set of orders. The fact that ICE lacks resources to perform their duty is not a legal problem, but one related to negligence in the granting of funding. This negligence has created other problems, including the famous "catch and release" policy.
    Patriot Act also provides quick and easy (and questionable) mechanisms that allow "intelligence gathering agencies" and "federal authorities" to obtain the information they need without an ex-parte court order. These are the famous NSL's that have been challenged in court more than once with high concerns regarding the fourth amendment.
    Direct access to all information could result in "didn't mean to" and "oops" situations when information about citizens and lawful immigrants could land in the wrong hands with unpredictable consequences.
    In my view, this is only a problem of funding, not a matter of law.

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    Liemaster..

    I wonder why you are so joyous about ICE arresting these immigrations. If these people have kids, who are laying in hospitals because of chronic diseases and need medical attention, and they fathers and mothers are working their nails off to get them the attention which they need, and nex thing, they are deported and never have to see them. Do you have the love of GOD in your heart? If so, then I am not sure they same GOD I serve is the same as the one you serve, because yours lack compassion and heart of pureness and forgiveness.

    All we know, each and everyone of the so-called Americans, are immigrations from all over the world. So, no one can claim ownership of this country, except Native Americans who are not saying a thing about this issues. We all know why, because the white men may go to them at night and kill them.

  7. #7
    Prof: That is quite a diatribe.

    You assert that noone can "claim ownership of this country." This is a ridiculous statement. From your obvious inability yo speak fluent English, I assume that you're an immigrant, perhaps even an illegal immigrant. This assures that you certainly can't claim any ownership in America. You are here because the owners of this country, the American people, haven't deported you yet.

    As to your wild-eyed and racist comments...well, the sooner you're deported the better for everyone.

  8. #8
    Prof--First, most Americans are not "immigrants", but were born here. My GRANDPARENTS were immigrants, but I'm not. Furthermore, by your reasoning, no nation has a right to exist or enforce its borders because it previously "belonged to" someone else at some point. Spain, for example, was ruled by Arab Muslims for a few centuries. For that reason, and because of Spain's conquest over Mexico, then I guess Mexico belongs to some modern day Arab state(s)?! By the way, immigration laws for Mexico and most Arab states are one h e l l of a lot tougher than the U.S.'s.

    Just how much do you PERSONALLY contribute to the care of these children you're so concerned about? If you're like many pushing for legalization, you just want the U.S. taxpayer to take up the responsibility for YOUR charitable impulses.

    For that matter, how about directing your anger at the governments of the countries these kids come from. Isn't it THEIR responsibility to take care of THEIR citizens?

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    Rush is correct: The American people have been heard!!!

    What were the Mexicans marching for again???

    Ooooh, that's right...they wanted to dust off their Mexican flags.

    Wake-Up-Call: Americans own America.

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