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With Immigration Reform Pending, Calls For An End To Workplace Audits

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Aired 4/30/13

Hundreds of people marched through downtown San Diego on Friday, calling on President Barack Obama to stop workplace immigration enforcement until an immigration reform bill is passed.

Hundreds of janitors marched through downtown San Diego on Friday to protest workplace immigration enforcement.

— Hundreds of people marched through downtown San Diego on Friday, calling on President Barack Obama to stop workplace immigration enforcement until an immigration reform bill is passed.

Under the Bush administration, immigration officials often raided workplaces and arrested unauthorized workers. Under the Obama administration, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, has focused on employers — auditing their hiring records, fining them and forcing them to fire workers.

But now that a proposed immigration reform bill could legalize millions of people working illegally, unions want those audits to stop.

On Friday afternoon several hundred janitors marched through downtown San Diego. They were protesting recent audits of two janitorial companies. They say more than 500 janitors are going to be fired as a result.

“The janitors that come and clean your buildings would qualify for immigration reform when it gets enacted by Congress. So why do this now? It’s not necessary," said Sandra Diaz, who works with Service Employees International.

Diaz said many janitors now fear they could be deported. ICE has generally not initiated proceedings against workers simply for being identified in workplace audit.

In a statement, an ICE spokeswoman said these audits are routine, but would not confirm one had been conducted in this case.

The eight senators who drafted the proposed immigration reform bill hope that in the future, workplace audits won’t be as necessary. Their bill would require companies to use the federal E-Verify system to check work eligibility before hiring.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | April 27, 2013 at 8:05 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Soooo, if some group thought there would be future reform on bank robberies, would we be able to rob banks today? These "illegals" just can't seem to find a law they want to accept.
Secondly, how do these people get time off work for all of these demonstrations? I could see going up to my boss to ask for that. I would be fired. Hmmm, perhaps these folks are PAID to be there.
We really need a long, high, electrified fence before we give reform. It is absolutely crazy to think this problems ends here if we don't have that. Every time I get near the border, I see these criminals being chased down. Build a better fence!!!!!!!!!!! Then we talk.

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Avatar for user 'jskdn'

jskdn | April 27, 2013 at 3:56 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

The slow-motion audits done by the Obama administration on a tiny fraction of the businesses employing illegal immigrants eventually result in some illegal immigrants losing their jobs. But they remain in the country free to seek other jobs using the fraud-promoting, I-9 employment eligibility verification process.

Millions of illegally employed illegal immigrants could have been removed if only Obama hadn't killed a rule pending when he came into office that made would have made Social Security mismatch employees fix that with the Social Security Administration if their employers wanted to have the “safe harbor” of not “knowingly” employing illegal immigrants, that rarely met requirement for actual prosecution of employers. The rule would have been a cheap but effective method to enforce the law against hiring illegal immigrants, but Obama doesn't want those laws enforced.

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bailarin | April 27, 2013 at 5:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Here we go again another Immigration Reform; it is ridiculous the way these politicians name their Bills and what they write into it. I know very well that the border won't restrict illegals from crossing so in another twenty five years another amnesty or maybe they will just dismantle the border. Read the excerpt below and what businesses are required to do, that is the most effective way to control immigration, Border Patrol agents should make surprise visit at business establishments instead of manning the borders. Take away the sugar and the ants won't come.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99–603, 100 Stat. 3359, enacted November 6, 1986, also Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law.
In brief the act:[1]
• required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status.
• made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants.
• legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants.
• legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt. About three million illegal immigrants were granted legal status

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | April 28, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Corruption at all levels for quick profits and votes. This open border situation is dangerous at many levels. We are not just talking about strawberry pickers. Another Boston will be in our future.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | April 29, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

_uckapoo, are you ignorant enough to equate armed robbery with not speaking to an immigration official???

The arrogance.

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Missionaccomplished | April 29, 2013 at 11:08 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

No Bailarina, it;'s the same bipartisan Senate bill.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | April 29, 2013 at 3:55 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Muckapoo,

Cite 1 instance where a Mexican national has initiated or carried out a terrorist attack ... THEN WE TALK. Mexicans have enough of a public relations problem without you projecting xenophobic hysteria onto them. In the meantime, keep looking under your bed at night for monsters and Mexicans.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 30, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Stop catching people that are breaking the law! Stop it now! It's not fair!

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CaliforniaDefender | April 30, 2013 at 11:06 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

In following the logic of the corrupt corporations/unions/illegal aliens:

1. We expect that tax rates will change in the future.

2. We should DEMAND that Obama and the IRS stop enforcing current tax laws.

3. We should stop paying any taxes until new tax legislation passes.

4. When step 3 is completed, go to step 1.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 30, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Here's another one:

1. We expect that the war in X country will end in the future.
2. We should DEMAND that any soldier fighting in X country may return home.
3. All soldiers should refuse to deploy to X country until the war is over.
4. When step 3 is complete, go to step 1.

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