Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Helping Employers Determine Validity of Documents Might Be the Only Real Answer

“Nearly half of the 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States entered the country legally, but never left.
Carrying visas and U.S.-approved border crossing cards, they were inspected by immigration officers at 300 sea, air and land ports of entry and many -- according to a year-old U.S. Customs and Border Protection policy -- were told to 'Have a nice day.’"

I am all for added border security. Still, this deals with only part of the problem. When everything is said and done, we ultimately must help employers in inexpensively determining the validity of the basic ID offered to them by their respective job applicants. Why am I one of the very few who stresses this point? I am utterly baffled. How can we punish employers for hiring illegals when often the fake ID presented to them is of superb quality? Are our politicians worried about getting into debates over privacy issues? If this is indeed the case---we may never solve the illegal immigration crisis.


terrye said...


I was wondering the same thing. Even if they tighten up the border there are still plenty of ways to get into the country and employers can not always tell who is and is not legal. But it seems that certain people think that ID cards etc are just extraneous.

I don't support comprehensive reform because I want to give people amnesty, I support it because I think that anything else is a bandaid. I just don't think that the problem will be solved by concentrating on one aspect of it all.

So I agree with you.

David Thomson said...

Employers must be able to verify ID. Some sort of state or national ID card is also probably mandatory. It borders on dishonestly to suggest otherwise. And yet, critics of illegal immigration barely mention it in passing. They seem to prefer focussing on building walls and adding border guards. I find this utterly senseless.

High quality fake ID is readily available for about $200.00. Even police officers and other highly trained government officials are usually unable to tell the difference. Do we expect employers to be able to read minds?

heldmyw said...

Make forged document use a real dangerous proposition.

Computerized identity checking will take care of the majority of the problems with falsification. To put some of the weight on the illegal who uses forged documents, how about forfeiture of all properties and a stiff sentence at hard labor followed by deportation?