DHS headaches for business
by Norman Adams on May 14, 2009 at 9:30 AM
Think Obama and the Democrats are going to let up on ICE raids? Think again! Check out these new guidelinesfrom the DHS that makes it even harder on Employers! Tamar Jacoby, president of Immigration Works USA, brings up an interesting point regarding this according to this e-mail:
"DHS Worksite Enforcement Guidelines Tougher on Employers"
The Department of Homeland Security released new enforcement guidelines today. As expected, they shift the department's focus away from unauthorized workers to employers. And this is just the beginning: this will be the hallmark of DHS efforts going forward - tougher worksite enforcement targeting employers.
But read the guidelines carefully: I believe they are actually good news for employers trying to comply with the law. Based on my conversations with DHS officials, I expect to see the department emphasizing the distinction between bad-actor employers and those trying to play by the rules in a broken system. I expect future worksite enforcement actions will be more carefully planned and targeted to focus on criminal activity like document and visa fraud. The new policy will be tough but also more predictable and could, I believe, help to level the playing field by zeroing in on employers who are deliberately and egregiously violating the law.
Still, make no mistake: the enforcement noose is tightening, and this makes it all the more important that we step up our efforts to press for reform.
- Tamar Jacoby