Lost among all the moaning and gnashing of teeth from the illegal alien lobby that resulted from last week’s workplace enforcement raid by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at CMC Concrete was any discussion of whether it’s good policy to allow illegal aliens to easily obtain unlawful employment in our area. An article in today’s DC Examiner points out that among these illegal aliens who are supposedly just trying to provide for their families are some rather disturbing characters. Among the illegal aliens caught in the raid is a twice-deported illegal alien who had been convicted of attempted murder in 1999.
A twice-deported gang member and illegal immigrant who had been convicted of attempted murder in New York was among the 34 workers arrested Monday during federal raids in Manassas.
Carlos Moran-Bravo, of Mexico, now faces federal charges for re-entering the country after committing an aggravated felony and could face a sentence of up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
Employers who casually hire illegal aliens so they can boost their profit margins are directly responsible for encouraging the presence of dangerous criminal aliens in our communities. Moran-Bravo would not have been in Manassas unless CMC Concrete was willing to pay him the near-slave wages he received which facilitated his unlawful presence in our community, just as other employers facilitated the presence of illegal aliens who rape four-year old girls, nearly kill local police officers while driving drunk, and account for over 50% of the murders in Prince William County. While employers reap the profits, the citizens suffer intolerable harm.
It’s unfortunate that Congress has decided to largely shield employers from the consequences of their unlawful actions. In addition to strong criminal penalties — including jail time — for facilitating the presence of illegal aliens in our communities, these employers should face civil penalties for damages to any citizens caused by the illegal aliens they have encouraged. Illegal immigration is in far too many cases anything but a victim-less crime, and those who benefit most from this criminal enterprise rarely ever seem to be held to account for the carnage that their actions cause.
Employers could rather easily screen for illegal aliens among their job applicants by participating in the federal E-Verify program, and tens of thousands already do. Virginia had an opportunity to require that Virginia employers participate in this program, but under pressure from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, a few major employers such as Smithfield Foods, and the illegal alien lobby the Senate Courts of Justice Committee refused to pass this mandate. Had CMC Concrete used the E-Verify Program, this illegal alien would not have been unlawfully hired.
Let’s hope the pace of these raids steps up considerably.
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