The illegal immigration amnesty bill of 1986 failed almost solely for one reason: the near impossibility of employers to reasonably verify the authenticity of the documents presented to them by prospective employees. Phony ID was fairly easy to obtain at that time---and the situation has dramatically worsened since then. We now have computerized equipment which allows one to create fraudulent documents with incredible ease. The going rate on the street is apparently less than $200 for a phony driver’s license and social security card. How good do these items look? Even police officers and other well trained government officials can be deceived. And an employer is not able to obtain the cooperation of authorities to find out if the offered documents are legitimate. The U.S. Social Security Administration, for instance, will essentially tell them to go to hell. Moreover, if they focus only on Hispanic surnames---they will be sued in a court of law for discrimination. Employers have truly been placed in a Catch 22 situation.
Why is so much time spent on spent discussing putting up a wall between the United States and Mexico? Although I believe this to be a good idea, it is nowhere near as important as assisting employers in authenticating ID. As matter of fact, I strongly suspect that perhaps 90% of the illegal alien problem can be resolved merely by helping employers to comply with the law. Am I oversimplifying matters? What do you think?