“The enforcement component is integral to our immigration system
and must begin with strong visa security and tight border control.”
CONTRIBUTOR: Patrick Shen, Esq.
ABSTRACT: While debate over “comprehensive immigration reform” and state immigration enforcement have dominated the headlines and airwaves, the Federal Government’s enforcement against employers has been intensifying steadily to unprecedented levels. Specifically, there has been–since the beginning of 2009–a growing number of audits at the worksite, expanded integration of verification technology, and a deliberate redirection of enforcement resources away from unauthorized immigrants and towards the employers who hire them. Effective enforcement of immigration laws at the worksite is an integral part of any successful immigration reform package. Congress and the Administration must recognize, however, that so long as employers are required to act as a partner in the verification process, the government must treat employers as partners, not suspects.