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"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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