Obama Eases Penalties for Businesses Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, February 25, 2014

The Obama administration regularly cuts a break for businesses that hire illegal immigrants, reducing their fines by an average of 40 percent from what they should be, according to an audit released Tuesday that suggests the government could be doing more to go after unscrupulous employers.

According to the audit, conducted by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cut one business’s fine from $4.9 million to slightly more than $1 million—a 78 percent drop.

Investigators said the reduction is legal, but it may be undercutting the administration’s goal of getting tough on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

“The knowledge that fines can be significantly reduced may diminish the effectiveness of fines as a deterrent to hiring unauthorized workers,” the inspector general said.

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Under President Obama, the federal government was supposed to be putting more of an emphasis on going after employers. ICE specifically announced that it would conduct more audits of the I-9 forms all businesses are required to keep demonstrating that their employees are authorized to work in the U.S.

The goal was to try to ramp up pressure on businesses to hire legal workers.

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The inspector general’s report said ICE submitted notices totaling fines of more than $52.7 million from 2009 through 2012, but ended up charging only $31.2 million—for a 40 percent break for businesses.

It still marks a huge increase over the Bush administration, which imposed just $1.5 million in fines from 2003-2008.

Investigators said the agency is allowed to reduce fines if it seems the businesses’ finances can’t handle a large penalty.

Investigators said overall, ICE showed little consistency in how it applied sanctions. Some field offices gave out far more warnings and far fewer fines than other offices.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    The very first person you need to send to the unemployment line, is him.
    This thing helped cleared the path for people like Obama to do what he wants without restraint.

    • dd121

      Republicans are irrelevant to my interests.

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    The Obammunists–traitors all–do whatever they damn well please, with only the mild constraints provided by a few honest judges and reporters. The liar-in-chief is a worthless piece of crud who deserves an early retirement, where the oligarchs can support him in the grand manner to which he and Moochelle have grown accustomed.
    Tell me who is hiring the illegals and I won’t do business with them. That’s about the only way I can think of to sabotage the traitors who sell out our country for a quick buck.

    • The Verdict of History

      The US is essentially a political construct at this point.

      There is no real “country” to be spoken of anymore.

      We’re an amalgam of dozens of different peoples and nations, most of whom have little feeling of loyalty to their respective tribes, let alone to the amorphous state which rules over them…

      … and which can barely maintain law and order.

      There is no “America”… it is struggling to survive in a few safe suburbs scattered throughout the country… but even these parts are being invaded.

      These United States (and they are not in any meaningful way, states, but rather jurisdictions for administrative TAX convenience) consist of a kaleidoscope of mass disorder…

      In such a setting, it is little surprise that people don’t give two s**** about adhering to law and order.

      Capital is King, God and Country now. It commands TOTAL allegiance.

      After all… they don’t trust the system, so why should they abide by its rules?

      • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

        The US is essentially a political construct at this point.

        There is no real “country” to be spoken of anymore.
        ____________________________________________
        I wish you’d posted your comment earlier because I couldn’t agree with you more and you’ve stated an IMPORTANT TRUTH that everyone should read. I especially like your definition of the states as tax administrative entities. I hadn’t thought of that before. Thanks.

        • The Verdict of History

          Sir,

          Amen…

          I’m glad to hear it.

          I’ll be posting more of the same theme, or iterations of it, or even the exact same thing, as the notion of American nationhood (continues to be) called into question… with good reason.

  • willbest

    Why isn’t the law something like if you knowingly or are willfully ignorant of hiring an illegal alien, your company is seized and auctioned off. Tyson Foods would easily fetch 10 billion. Between them and a few other Big Ag companies we could put a sizable dent in the deficit.

    • So CAL Snowman

      It’s funny the liberals are always squealing like pigs about the subsidies congress give to corporate farming, yet the corporate farms are the biggest employer of illegal alien labor in the states.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      The dent that ten billion would put in the national debt amounts to 0.5882% of the total. (1×10*10 / 1.7×10*12)

      • willbest

        I didn’t say debt. $10 billion is 1-1.5% of the deficit, toss in a few more companies and you are up to 10-15%. But if you followed through on the logic train such a policy would force millions of illegals back out of the country as it would no longer be economically viable for them to be here, further reducing the deficit.

        Keep in mind that if you reduce the deficit to zero the debt will take care of itself in a couple decades.

  • Dave4088

    Today, Communist party USA (Democrats) ease penalties for businesses that hire illegal aliens. Tomorrow, they will be subsidized for doing so.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The only people who benefit from mass 3rd world immigration are members of government and business owners. The government gets their share of the ethnic vote and businesses get their endless supply of cheap 3rd world labor. Meanwhile, the typical white American is given the finger and told to go to hell.

    Mass immigration today, mass immigration tomorrow, mass immigration forever! Welcome to your 3rd world future, America.

    • bilderbuster

      There’s a certain shady ethnic minority that will profit & get their revenge against the Whites they’ve hated for so long who will benefit the most.

  • Spartacus

    He’s just helping his fellow darkie law-breakers …

  • Alexandra1973

    Just tonight in church the pastor was preaching about the lawlessness of our government.

  • JohnEngelman

    The inspector general’s report said ICE submitted notices totaling fines of more than $52.7 million from 2009 through 2012, but ended up charging only $31.2 million—for a 40 percent break for businesses.

    It still marks a huge increase over the Bush administration, which imposed just $1.5 million in fines from 2003-2008.

    – Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, February 25, 2014

    I am surprised that The Washington Times was honest enough to report that the Bush administration was more lenient for those who employed illegal immigrants. Still I want those employers to be punished severely.

  • wildfirexx

    It’s a sad state of affairs when your own president encourages employers to break the law, by reducing their penalty, when hiring illegal aliens.

  • Max

    It’s just one element of the “Economic Stimulus Package”.

  • http://leftistconservative.blogspot.com/ Leftist_Conservative

    and this is a huge increase over the bush admin.

    Now let me guess–no one single comment in this thread addressed this aspect of the story…

    Yup, just like I thought. I am the only one…

    • Katherine McChesney

      Seems like you’re focused on starting trouble here. If you are, go away.

  • Pro_Whitey

    I get the impression that BO is not serious about enforcing immigration law.