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Record numbers of illegal immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office, and the number of audits of businesses that hire undocumented workers has quadrupled during the same period, The Washington Post reported.

The administration's plan to overhaul federal immigration laws has led to the deportation of about 400,000 people this fiscal year. That's ten percent more deportations than the Bush administration's 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007, according to the Post.

Last month Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton wrote a memo instructing officers to focus their "principal attention" on felons and repeat lawbreakers.

"We're trying to put our money where our mouth is," Morton told the Post, saying the goal is a "rational" immigration policy. "You've got to have aggressive enforcement against criminal offenders. You have to have a secure border. You have to have some integrity in the system."

Instead of going directly after individual undocumented workers, which is labor-intensive and time consuming, the administration has been targeting employers who hire them. The number of business audits has increased four-fold since the Bush era, with $6.4 million in fines collected, the Post said.

The new policy is part of Obama's promise to renew federal immigration laws, an initiative he outlined in a speech earlier this month at American University.

The plan has drawn criticism from all sides in the immigration debate, the Post said, including from those who say the administration is weak on border security and from others who want him to do more to help the estimated 11 million illegal residents already in the country.

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chasbah

More proof, should any be needed, that it's not about what this president does that angers Republicans -- by all accounts he has continued and ramped up many of Bush's biggest policies -- it is the colour of his skin (and his political party).

Americans loved illegal immigrants (and still do) as a cheap labour source that fuels boom times. But when the economy goes south, suddenly the same cheap labour force is stealing from poor hardworking whitey? Puh-lease.

Canada is a good model to study on this. They have NO illegal immigration problem to speak of. Why? Serious repercussions for EMPLOYERS. That's it. End of story. No jobs, no illegals.

July 27 2010 at 6:21 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
raecorep

Deporting them will not do any good, unless they can be kept out! The only way to keep them out is to guard the border. If that means fences, guard towers and even landmines so be it. We don't need a revolving door for them to be back after a weeks vacation back "home".

July 27 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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wolfsonnydiane

no the only way to keep them out is to end the quest worker program and put those who hire illegals in jail for 6 months wouldnt evan need aq fence then

July 27 2010 at 5:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dmgg711

When insecurity sets in, human nature is to worry less about other people and to seek out scapegoats.

I call immigrants scapegoats because immigrants are not to blame for our economic troubles. The restrictionists argue that immigrants take jobs and that immigrants receive welfare, education, and other government services. Yet, the economists are not in consensus on either of those issues. Immigrants do, of course, take jobs. But they also create jobs, in the same ways that citizens do--by consuming goods and services. Every time immigrants buy groceries, clothes, televisions, VCR's, computers, or automobiles, they create jobs for Americans. Immigrants also start new businesses that have revitalized decaying urban areas and that have produced new jobs for Americans.

July 27 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Mary

I disagree, I am an immmigrant. no one has made me feel unwelcome. Of course It probably is because I am a legal immigrant. Before you start with the race thing, I want you to know that one of my grandchildren is half black, like his mother nad the other three are hispanic. The Hispanic Grandfather served in the armjy for 20 years. The Granmother is a legal immigrant. We all get along with each other. Illegal is Illegal.

July 29 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
yogeshkhandelwal

that's actually good news

July 27 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

The US brings in one million legal immigrants a year. We are now the third largest populated country. For those who think we shouldn't send illegals home remember one thing, all one has to do is take a valid passport from their country, go over to a US consulate and apply to over 35 of the visas for part time work, full time work, research, professor, medical etc. That they cannot receive a visa falls into main reasons: They have criminal records in the US or their home country, the quota from that country has been filled, they have medical problems that would have US taxpayers pay for them the rest of their lives, also, they don't get a visa for they don't want to pay taxes. Something the rest of us cannot get out of.

July 27 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
punnster

No particular credit to Obama. So many more illegals now.

July 27 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
no1topsobama

The "illegal card" makes good smoke screen that conceals politicians inabilities to come up with solution for the problems they,for the most part, create.
One of their master-pieces of creation was CAFTA and NAFTA - containing laws that allowed our source of income to leave our shores.
Today them NAFTA and CAFTA chickens are coming home to roost, as millions are un-employed and are losing their homes.
Maybe if we weren't too busy whining about them illegals, we'd be thinking of the root-cause of our dilema.
If I were a politician, I'd be more than greatful to them illegals.

July 27 2010 at 9:32 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
consurvative

Where exactly does the new toll free phone lines set up by the Department of Labor a month ago for Illegal Aliens to call and complain if they are not receiving minimum wage fall into this new found effort?

July 27 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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Eric

Probably fits quite well actually...if someone, whether here legally or illegally, has to be paid a fair wage for their labor...that is simple human rights. However, if you want to look at it in the more twisted conservative fashion, by ensuring companies do not get a break by hiring someone for well below minimum wage, those companies will not have an incentive to hire "illegal" immigrants...with those jobs gone, less people will make the trek to come to the US for jobs.

July 27 2010 at 11:19 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
gail and theresa

To little, to late, the time for rationality has past. It's time for harsher measures to be taken, especially when it comes to the employers. It's time to start revoking incorporation priveliges and go after the assets of the owners and then terminate their business licences. As it is now the employer only gets a modest fine (in comparison to the huge profits they make) and a slap on the wrist, when in fact there should be criminal charges filed and sentences passed down. If we don't set a pressident for these crimes then the flow of illegal aliens will never stop. Arizona has sent a message that has reached far down into south america stating that if you plan to come north you had better not come this way or you could face severe conciquences, which should be the message for our entire country, not just one state. Our president needs to send a message south by stopping the flow of American dollers into these countries that feel they have the right push their poor upone us and not take care of their own. I know this money is supposed to be used to combat drug production in these countries but it doesn't seam to be paying off, perhaps to much of it is going to the corrupt polititions or theres just to much production, in any case it's not working and we sure could use the money here for more border,drug and illegal imigration inforcement among other things that we have to deal with here. God bless America.

July 27 2010 at 2:22 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
MarcAustinAssoc

I believe a different approach is needed in dealing with people who are here illegally. Right now the emphasis is on penalizing the employers and sending the Illegals back. That is exactly what Latino organizations like La Raza want. Punish the employer but leave the Illegal alone.
Just deport him.
However, a week later he is back again. The risk to the Illegal is deportation.

I suggest that the law be changed to make entering the country a felony. I would establish a date by which all people who are here Illegally must surrender to INS for identification and recording. Anyone remaining or entering the country illegally after that date would automatically be charged with a felony punishable by a sentence of 5 to 7 years at hard labor for a first offense.
Second offense 12 to 15 years.
Third offense life in prison.
Anyone providing aid or harboring an Illegally would be charged as an accessory.
In addition, anyone convicted with a first or subsequent offenses would automatically be excluded from applying for citizenship in the US for life.

At present, the biggest risks are now being taken by the employers which is what the Latino platform wants. Blame the employer. Meanwhile they keep coming back.

I remember reading a few weeks ago about a teenage boy who was arrested 3 times in one week for smuggling marijuana across the border. 3 Times in one week? The US needs to increase the risk for being here or coming here Illegally. Right now, they have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

If we need to build a wall we will let the Illegal convicts supply the labor.
Enough is enough.

July 26 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply
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crabbychief

You do understand that, if companies and people didn't employ illegal aliens, then there's no point in them coming, right? It's easier and cheaper than trying to build the prisons and hire the appropriate staff that would be necessary for your plan...prisons that, if your plan was successful, would only be occupied temporarily.

July 27 2010 at 12:30 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Eric

I am aghast at this post...it stinks of the kind of rabid nationalism that has no place in a liberal society. When I was a young history student, I was forced to read propaganda material from the German National Socialists for a course on the Weimar Republic (although early American history is now my profession, knowing how a constitutional liberal republic like the Weimar failed is good to know for American history)...the kind of sentiments expressed by this poster is the same kind of sentiments expressed by the National Socialists then...and I assume, not to try to imply anything about this poster, what the American National Socialist movement subscribes to now.

July 27 2010 at 10:06 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply

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