In an article published on August 3, in the New York Times, the Obama Administration, contrary to their campaign promise is pursuing the same policy as its predecessor, President Bush on Immigration Enforcement. They are increasing the I-9 audits, the E Verify program, and has introduced a program to check the immigration status of every person held for any crime. While these policies are meant to deter illegal immigration, the potential for civil rights violation especially of Hispanic Americans in any one of these programs is very great. In any of these programs racial profiling occurs routinely.
The New York Times article quotes Senator Charles Schumer (D NY) as saying that this stance is in preparation for the immigration legislation to be introduced later in the legislature. “Democrats have to “convince the American people there will not be new waves of illegal immigrants” after an overhaul passes,” Senator Schumer told the New York Times.
While that might be the case, a significant amount of Hispanic supporters are not happy with this policy. And Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the American population.
Additionally, no matter what the Democrats do, the hard core republican will always perceive the democrats as soft on immigration.
Immigration enforcement should be left up to the harsh realities of the marketplace. If there is a need for foreign workers, businesses will get them. No one will cross illegally into the United States, risking life and limb, leaving behind their families, if there is no jobs in the United States for them to do. That way it satisfies the Republicans in their Laissez Faire economic policy and satisfies the Democrat’s pledge to restore the civil rights of every American which was taken away by the Bush Government.
Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, Annie Banerjee for more details