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  •  There are already 'sanctions' against employers (4+ / 0-)

    Even if they are rarely enforced.  Why would putting teeth into the sanctions be a bad idea?

    •  Millions of Good Ideas are Unconstitutional Here. (0+ / 0-)

      First a policy must be constitutional, then we have to make it legal.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:22:51 PM PDT

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    •  Those sanctions are being enforced constantly (2+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, Calamity Jean

      Whole agencies devoted to it, both state and local

      Under federal law, it is illegal for any employer to hire, recruit or refer for a fee any alien not authorized to work in the United States. This includes hiring contractors who employ illegal immigrants. There are criminal and civil penalties associated with this conduct.

      It is also illegal for any employer not to verify work authorization. An employer who does not correctly complete an I-9 for each employee three days after the employee is hired is also subject to criminal and civil punishment.

      What Are the Penalties For Hiring An Illegal Immigrant?

      For first offenders, there is a $250-$2,000 fine per illegal employee.

      For a second offense, the fine is $2,000-$5,000 per illegal employee.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 05:11:03 AM PDT

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    •  Putting teeth into the sanctions is a great (1+ / 0-)
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      idea.  But the teeth have to be Constitutional.  I'd love to see employers of undocumented migrants jailed, your first suggestion is great.  Don't cripple that idea by hitching it to an impossible one.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 09:23:20 AM PDT

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