Chertoff gets tough with employers of illegals
By Jerry Seper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
April 21, 2006
(This article appeared in the Washington Times on April 21st)
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday announced a nationwide immigration enforcement strategy that will aggressively target employers who "knowingly and recklessly" hire illegal aliens, and those who help them find jobs.
Mr. Chertoff said the goal is to reverse the tolerance of illegal employment and illegal immigration in the United States.
"Americans are rightly concerned about the need to enforce our immigration laws and our work laws in the United States," said Mr. Chertoff, who has come under fire from Congress and within his own department for what many have described as an ineffective interior enforcement program.
"And that means we've got to focus on illegal migration and also on those who flagrantly violate the law by encouraging that migration, whether they do it by smuggling the migrants across the border or by employing them in a systematic fashion once they get into the United States." More....