So, what is worse than non-enforcement? Sabotaging existing enforcement operations, that's what.
Insolu will now be using the term CAIN, which stands for Criminal Alien INvader.
The Bush administration has stopped using fake health and safety meetings at job workshops to snag illegal immigrants.
Thanks again, Mr. President. There is no better way to guarantee that you will not perform your executive duty to enforce the law, by taking the toolbox away.
Marcy Forman, director of the Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) divison, said in a letter to the United Food and Commercial Workers union, that it had stopped using sting operations for rounding up undocumented immigrants.
ICE arrested 49 illegal immigrant workers at North Carolina's Seymour Johnson Air Force Base last summer by luring them with a flier to what was advertised as a mandatory Occupational Safety and Health Administration meeting.
I am so glad that 49 CAINs were so emboldened, without fear, that they were willing to walk onto a secure ( and I use that term loosely), military facility, to comply with a ficticious OSHA safety requirement. Now the rest of the CAINs can be damn sure that their illegal status will go unanswered.
Those arrested were contract workers and largely laborers, such as carpenters, with no access to military files.
Oh, Insolublog feels so much better. Now that we are ending the sting practice, why not go all the way and hire undocumented workers to rummage through Air Force office wastebaskets, unmolested by pesky security personnel? You hear that Al Qaeda? No more sting from the abeja asesina, senior.
"The use of the OSHA ruse by ICE agents in North Carolina at the Air Force Base was not coordinated with OSHA," Dean Boyd, an ICE spokesman said Wednesday. "It was a mistake and should not have happened. ICE has since taken corrective action to ensure it doesn't happen again."
The sting drew immediate criticism from unions, immigration advocates and the North Carolina's Occupational Safety and Health Division. Neither the state agency nor federal OSHA officials were involved in the sting.
OSHA "is the agency charged with keeping people safe on the job," said Jill Cashen, spokeswoman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. "To use it as a trap is outrageous and undermines safety on the job."
As, for national security, undermine away. Obviously, illegal CAINs can count on actual government agencies, being represented in stings, to put their own narrow, selfish, bureaucratic policy interests above the national security of the American people and all efforts to enforce immigration law.
The union made the March 17 letter from Forman public as the Senate plunged into a debate over tightening borders and fining employers who hire undocumented immigrants. It also is deciding whether to provide some kind of legal status to the rouhgly 11 million illegal aliens now living in the United States as an alternative to deporting them.
If they publicly announce an amnesty, before any border security measures are implemented, it will guarantee an acceleration of CAINs across that border. This is exactly what happened during the last amnesty program passed by the venerable President Reagan ( I am very sorry to say. ) Now we have seen an increase of 440% over those 1986 figures. Our congress is now poised to do precisely the very same thing, again.
The only tool left in the toolbox, to identify CAINs and take away their incentive, is criminal prosecution of their employers. This program should not only be implemented immediately, but it is the sworn duty of the executive to do so. Every day that goes by, when illegal immigration felons employ illegal labor, is a day the government is violating its constitutionally sworn duty to uphold the law.
When government officials erect barriers to that enforcement, as they are doing here, and in countless other cases, they instantly become willing accomplices to those felonies.