Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mayors Oppose Immigration Raids

Emily Bazar of USA Today reports that three West Coast mayors are asking the leaders of other cities to take a stand against workplace immigration raids that they say hurt local economies and may force companies to relocate. At the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week in Miami, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will ask their colleagues to challenge how the government raids businesses in search of undocumented workers.

KJ

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What a terrible idea from a deterrence standpoint. What would happen if the IRS announced that they were only going to audit people over a certain income? The compliance of everyone else would be abysmal.

Another negative relates to fairness. The tax cheats would be rewarded while the honest taxpayer would be viewed as chumps. This leads to further non-compliance from otherwise honest people.

In regards to hiring law, it's even worse because of business competition. By green lighting the breaking of hiring law, we would be rewarding the law breaker at the expense of competitors who abide by our laws. If illegal aliens will work for less, the lawbreaker gains a competitive advantage which tempts the honest businessman to also break the law if it means going out of business. That's not an incentive government should create.

Finally, anyone who thinks hiring law is the only law illegal hirers are breaking is awfully naive. An illegal workforce leads makes it easier for crooked employers to get away with all sorts of other law violations and abuses. Exhibit A: Agriprocessors

Posted by: Jack | Jun 21, 2008 5:51:28 AM

Great article, I am looking forward to hearing more about the subject and find out what other people have to say.

Posted by: Fiancee Visa | Jun 22, 2008 7:43:51 AM

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