The L.A. Times has an article titled Illegal-immigrant crackdown looms. The negative spin starts with the deck headline: “A plan to make employers fire workers with discrepancies in their records could snare many citizens and legal residents, critics say.”
The article itself wastes no time in spinning the negative aspects of a crackdown:
With the failure of immigration legislation in Congress this year, federal officials are planning a new crackdown on illegal immigrants that would force businesses to fire them or face stiff penalties. But the effort also could cause serious headaches for millions of U.S. citizens.
The article continues:
[T]he planned crackdown has provoked concern because many of the errors are benign: misspellings or incorrect birthdates in records of citizens or legal immigrants. There are errors in the records of an estimated 12.7 million U.S. citizens alone, and workers rushing to correct these discrepancies could swamp Social Security offices, much as new travel regulations have paralyzed government passport facilities this year.
By the way, the passport backlog is not primarily due to new regulations — even if that would bolster the storyline. Yes, there was an increase due to new regulations. But as Joel Mowbray has argued, the primary responsibility for the backlog was a boneheaded misestimate made by the consular chief responsible for making such projections. (While taking into account estimates of new passport applications to deal with the regulations, she ignored the traditional 18 percent increase per year in new applications.)
But never mind that. Look at the bigger picture.
How is the government is supposed to prevent employers from employing illegals without creating potential problems like this? Answer: it’s impossible.
So this article is simply designed to sound the alarm about the natural consequences of enforcing our immigration laws against employers. Which, by the way, is going to bother employers — so excuse me if I don’t cry too hard when I read this:
And businesses are complaining about bearing the burden of enforcing a flawed immigration system.
Who’da thunk it? You make businesses police whether they have illegals, and they complain?
Now that’s news!