Knowingly Hire An Illegal Alien, Go To Jail

The Bush Administration is regularly — and deservedly — thrashed for their pro-amnesty stance on illegal immigration and their lackadaisical stance on enforcing our immigration laws that was only changed by political pressure. Still, this, I like:

Three top officials of a nationwide cleaning service were charged Thursday with fraud and tax crimes as part of an ongoing federal investigation that also netted hundreds of illegal immigrants in 18 states.

The illegal immigrants were working as janitors for Nevada-based Rosenbaum-Cunningham International, Inc., or RCI, a cleaning contractor for businesses.

The workers were swept up early Thursday in 63 locations nationwide, including restaurants such as the House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, ESPN Zone, Planet Hollywood, and others, according to a law enforcement official.

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RCI co-owners Richard M. Rosenbaum and Edward Scott Cunningham, and firm controller Christina Flocken, face various criminal fraud, immigration and tax charges in the 23-count indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich.

They knowingly hired illegal immigrants and now they may have to go to jail. That’s exactly how it should be. The single most important thing we can do to get rid of illegal immigrants isn’t a wall or deporting illegals at every opportunity, although those things are important, it’s going after the employers.

If you go after the employers, they’ll stop hiring illegals. If the illegals can’t get jobs, there’s no reason for most of them to come here in the first place. Moreover, most of the illegals that are currently here will go home if they can’t find work.

That’s why going after the owners of companies like Rosenbaum-Cunningham International and hopefully, putting them in jail for a long, long, time can help make a real difference in the fight against illegal immigration.

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