Raid and deport or fire?

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
September 29, 2009 7:31pm CST
Even though many Americans were happy to see the government raid companies that were hiring illegal immigrants and then deporting those immigrants while fining the companies that hired them; there were complaints that this process was "heartless and cruel". Obama has changed how the goverment will be fighting employers who hire illegal immmigrants. Now, he will threaten these companies with fines unless they "fire" these illegal immigrants. One company has just fired 1,800 illegal immigrants. That company is American Apparel. They were inspected back in July and stated in early September that they were going to have to fire these people. Latest reports say that they have now done this. So, now, instead of 1,800 illegal immigrants being sent OUT of the US to their home countries; they are now still in the US and looking for new jobs with some other company that is willing to take the risk. Here is a link to the most recent story on this - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/us/30factory.html?hp I think it is obvious that the current administration wants to just let them stay here; using our resources and taking our jobs, even though we already have hundreds of thousands of people who are unemployed. Before, you make comments about American not wanting these jobs, this is what this company was paying ONE of it's employees "The company provides health and life insurance, he said, and he currently earns about $900 a week, with taxes deducted from his paycheck." and when the reporter was there "Masseurs were offering 20-minute massages for sewers in need of a break." Sewing may not be glamorous; but, I know a lot of Americans who would jump at a chance for a job like this right now!
3 responses
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
30 Sep 09
How much do you want to bet those employees just get rehired?
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
30 Sep 09
Not by the same company unless they come back with a different "name" and "number". I have a feeling that this company is going to be "laying low" for several months to a year until after their next inspection gives them a "clean bill of health". Right now, "Big Brother" has it's eye on them.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
1 Oct 09
A second set of fake ID...Couldn't happen could it?
@wlee9696 (595)
• United States
30 Sep 09
All these illegals need to be rounded up and deported. They should have had a bus ready and as they exited the building if they didn't have a valid ID on the bus they went for the ride back to Mexico. Those that came from other countries could go straight to the airport for their ride home. This would much more cost effective than letting them loose on our welfare system.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I agree. I definately belong to the "raid and deport" camp. For those people who complain that it "breaks up families" - too bad. It is not our governments "fault" if people who are here illegally get caught and deported. It was a risk they knew they faced when they came here illegally. The families they leave behind can go join their deported member or stay apart from them - that is THEIR choice (unless they are here illegally and they get deported too).
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I can't say that I'm surprised...this country is getting too soft on illegal immigration. I loved how it wasn't American Apparel's fault...just like it's not U.S. Sugar's fault that they employ so many illegals. When a social security number or any other documentation comes back as "bad" they just ask the employee for another one...or two...or three. I guess the good news is that there are a lot of openings at American Apparel but, as you said, these people will simply steal other jobs from American citizens.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
30 Sep 09
We have been too soft on this problem for too many years. It has only been in the last 2 - 3 years that Americans have both become "fed up" and vocal about it. There should be a requirement that anyone who's number comes back "bad" should be reported to the government for them to investigate and find out why it is bad - simple error, illegal status, or even fraud. Then, the appropriate agency can take over from there - ICE, FBI, IRS, etc..