Would This Otherwise…

20 04 2006

… have drawn such force in the news? Michelle Malkin references this story from CNN notably linked on Drudge and spread elsewhere:

Federal immigration authorities rounded up more than 1,000 illegal immigrants at dozens of sites and charged nine individuals of the firm that employed them, federal law enforcement officials announced. Seven current and former managers of IFCO Systems, which has offices in several states, were arrested and charged in connection with the employment of illegal immigrants, said U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby in Albany, New York.

Suddaby said two lower level employees were also charged in the case.

Wednesday’s action against IFCO Systems — an industry leader in the manufacture of wooden pallets, crates and containers — came as Homeland Security and Justice Department officials prepared to announce steps to toughen internal enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and other Bush administration officials and a federal prosecutor will appear at the agency’s Washington headquarters Thursday. They will announce the new strategy aimed at employers and disclose the results of the enforcement actions targeting IFCO Systems.

Customs officials said agents made more than a thousand arrests in nearly 40 locations including Houston, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; and Albany, New York.

To most, this would be just more news from the border. But to those in tune and a bit more skeptical…Malkin says, “Well, this is all sounds good and tough…until you look at the Bush administration’s record for the last several years. Don’t be fooled.”

This chart from Edwin S. Rubenstein shows that from 1997 to 2003, worksite arrests under the Bush administration fell by a factor of some 97 percent since 1997–and plunged by another 2/3rds by 2004.

And we aren’t getting tough on employers. Rubenstein also notes these stunning statistics: “Of the 3,064 workforce investigations closed [in 2004], fines were imposed in just 3 (three!) of them – one out of one thousand. By contrast, fines were imposed in about 11 percent of closed investigations in 1997.”

Here is how we got from 1997 to 2004:
1997: 865
1999: 417
2000: 178
2001: 100
2003: 162
2004: 3

Malkin calls this posture by the U.S. government, “catch and release” and it still seems to be the order of the day for us. How many of the above-mentioned illegals do you think will be deported?

Examples? Plenty:here and here and here. and here.

La Shawn Barber links to this story about the Minuteman Project, who have a message to W: “Build A Fence, Or We Will!”

We’re going to show the federal government how easy it is to build these security fences, how inexpensively they can be built when built by private people and free enterprise.”

We need to clean out first, then we discuss new laws or reform. Adding another layer of amnesty legislation to laws we don’t already enforce will only result in more “unenforcement.” Which will eventually lead to an increased welfare, socialist country…which is the liberals goal anyway.

Bill Frist has been silent since the Senate recessed.

Also see: Right Wing News

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