Report: Obama Admin Slashing Fines for Businesses Caught Hiring Illegals
An Obama incentive to hire illegals.
An inspector general’s report determined that the Obama administration’s reduction in fines by an average of 40% for businesses that hire illegal immigrants is diminishing the effectiveness that fines can have in discouraging businesses from flouting immigration laws to hire cheap labor.
According to an audit by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement cut one business’s fine from $4.9 million to slightly more than $1 million,” a 78% drop.
“The knowledge that fines can be significantly reduced may diminish the effectiveness of fines as a deterrent to hiring unauthorized workers,” the inspector general said in the report.
According to The Washington Times, though “the federal government was supposed to be putting more of an emphasis on going after employers” under Obama, the report “said ICE submitted notices totaling fines of more than $52.7 million from 2009 through 2012, but…
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