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N.J. employers, landlords being targeted for illegals

Icebadge072210_optU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement fined 149 businesses since October

New Jersey leads the nation in the number of employers who hire undocumented immigrants, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics, NorthJersey.com reported. The national average of $3.8 million in fines was levied against 149 employers since October. That is nearly four times the $1 million levied against 52 employers during the federal fiscal year (which begins October 1 and ends September 30) 2009.

In the last 10 months, immigration officials have fined 13 New Jersey employers $640,000 (approximately 15 times more than fines levied in all 12 months — $44,728 — of the 2009 fiscal year) for hiring illegal immigrants, the Newark ICE agency reported.

The agency's raison d'être for raising the pressure on employers at both national and state levels is simple: The primary reason so many people illegally migrate to the U.S. is to work and what better and easier way for ICE agents to track and stop illegal immigrants but by going after the employers that readily hire them.

Supporters of the colossal crack down applaud the agency's efforts. Activists who provide support to undocumented immigrants, like Diana Mejia of the American Friends Service Committee, told NorthJersey.com that she was not aware of the crack down, but did say, "Leaving people without work, without a way to earn a living, is not right." Mejia believes the immigration system needs solutions to the problem, not sanctions.

But Harold Ort, a spokesman for ICE in Newark said that the agency is not only focused on arresting illegal immigrants. "ICE is focused on building cases against egregious employers," said Ort who added that when undocumented workers were arrested in previous raids, many times the employers faced "few consequences" and simply rehired other undocumented workers to replace those arrested.

"ICE isn't just interested in numbers of arrests, but instead making arrests that count, and creating a culture of voluntary compliance among employers," said Ort who added that the federal government was just as concerned about employers I-9 employment records as they are the "integrity of their tax files or banking records."

A rough estimate on the number of illegal immigrants residing in the nation as well as New Jersey places the numbers at a minimum of 500,000 in the state, and about 12 million nationwide. The Immigration Policy Center (IPC), the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council, released a study last year that found illegal immigrants made up 9.2 percent of the state's workforce.

Riverside city council took a step towards punishing not only employers who hired illegal immigrants, but landlords as well. In 2006, the council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would fine employers found employing illegal immigrants or landlords renting to them $1,000 or more and even revoke their licenses. Council members said the leading cause for the ordinance was the accession of approximately 1,500 to 3,500 undocumented workers from Brazil that badly strained the city's resources.

— ALICIA CRUZ, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 
Comments (5)
Sorry folks: Here is a video of Obama stating that all illegals will get health care after he makes them legal. The only way we are going to stop this invasion and get the illegals out of the country is if we deport Obama.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/54230
Obama: Immigration Reform Will Allow Illegal Immigrants to Become Legal and Get Health Care Coverage
www.cnsnews.com
4 Friday, 06 August 2010 20:38
NEW JERSEY TONY
IF THEY WANT ILLEGALS THEY NO WHERE TO LOOK.TRY ALL THE GROCERY WAREHOUSES IN NJ BRING ALOT OF HANDCUFFS YOU WILL NEED THEM!
3 Monday, 26 July 2010 11:34
American
While its nice to see ICE going after greedy businesses they should also be deporting the employees found and jailing the business owners and CEO's. Oshama is trying to make it look like he is doing "things" to look tough on immigration, when it all really amounts to nothing. His suit against AZ is proof that he cares more about protecting the illegals than citizens. Americans must vote out those who support the illegals in November. Reid, Pelosi especially !!
2 Friday, 23 July 2010 08:20
NJ Girl
It would be nice if the ICE would publish the names of these businesses.
1 Friday, 23 July 2010 06:14
Delaware Bob
It is good to see ICE fining these unAmerican employers who hire these illegal aliens. Finally they are doing something, but what are they doing with the illegal aliens? They should be finger printed and told to leave the country.

All I keep hearing is comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. How about some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform to get the illegal aliens out of this country?

....and...GO ARIZONA!

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