Split on Immigration, DREAM Act and E-Verify
President Obama has brought the immigration debate back to the forefront with recent speaches and his plan for Building a 21st Century Immigration System. The blogosphere and twittersphere are filled with applause, rants, debates and everything in between. Which side are you on?
In discussing the DREAM Act, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, stated: “Our immigration laws prevent thousands of young people from fully contributing to our nation’s future…These are honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists and valedictorians. These children are tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, soldiers and senators, and we should give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
However, according to Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, “It’s amnesty for up to 2 million people…I just don’t see it [DREAM Act passing] when you are still talking about amnesty.” Smith said the bill rewards the undocumented parents and is “an open invitation to fraud.”
Of course, there is speculation that President is bring up immigration and the DREAM Act in an effort to get the Hispanic vote in the coming election, but that does not discount the importance of immigration in the United States. Should there be amnesty? Should there be a path to legalization? Should we reward unlawful behavior? Should E-Verify be used? Should employer hiring practices be regulated by the government? These are all questions that will continue to be discussed, debated and argued.
For now, the current administration has shied away from the high-profile immigration raids at businesses that routinely yielded large numbers of arrests of illegal workers. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has shifted strategies, focusing instead on audits of the documents employers must maintain that show their workers are eligible to work in the United States. The audits, officials have said, put the focus on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.
The premise is that if they take the candy out of the candy store, no one will want to go there. In this case, U.S. employers have the candy (jobs) that others are crossing the borders to get. As an employer, it is crucial that you are aware of the government’s goal to target U.S. employers through I-9 audit investigations. Make sure your I-9s are in order for all of your employees, so that if ICE (the enforcement arm of DHS) comes knocking, you’ll be prepared and protected. ICE is simply trying to protect U.S borders and enforce existing employment eligiblity regulations, but they are issuing substantial fines and sanctions and, more importantly, they are arresting owners, employers, managers and supervisors that violate these regulations.
So take action now to protect yourself by using 3rd party I-9 audit experts to conduct voluntary audits on your records. You’ll find out exactly where the trouble is, so you can take corrective action before ICE comes. Just like you use a professional CPA for taxes to reduce your risk in an IRS audit, you should use a professional I-9 auditing services, like Form I-9 Compliance (www.formi9.com) to reduce your risk in an ICE I-9 audit.
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For more information on Obama’s recent push, go to: http://goo.gl/KiN9D