From: Michael Cutler <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: January 20, 2011 8:55:22 AM PSTTo: Michael Cutler <Mcutler007@aol.com>Subject: I will be on “Your World With Neil Cavuto” this afternoon to discuss an issue I will be testifying before Congress about next weekHi Gang:I will be on Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto” this afternoon, Thursday, January 20th at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. I was told that my interview will take place at the beginning of the program.According to the producer I spoke with, the Wall Street Journal ran a story today about how the administration is creating an Employment Compliance Inspection Center to help audit I-9 forms for large companies to crack down on the employment of illegal aliens. I have provided you with a copy of the article below. What is interesting about the announcement is the timing.Next week the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement is scheduled to hold a nearing on the topic:“ICE WORKSITE
ENFORCEMENT – UP TO THE JOB?”The hearing is to be held on next Wednesday, January 26th at 1:00 PM. I have been invited to testify at that hearing and so today’s announcement has to be seen as possible “Damage Control.”I am honored to have been invited to testify before that important subcommittee’s very first hearing since Rep. Lamar Smith assumed the chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee and Rep. Elton Gallegly assumed the chairmanship of the subcommittee.I am also, as you might imagine, happy to have been invited to appear on Neil’s program this afternoon.As always, I hope you will be watching!The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians. I implore you to resolve this year to get involved!
If this situation concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!-michael cutler-
Crackdown on Illegal Workers Grows
By MIRIAM JORDAN – WSJ
In an interview, John Morton, chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, said the Employment Compliance Inspection Center would “address a need to conduct audits even of the largest employers with a very large number of employees.” The office would be announced Thursday, he said.
In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010, ICE conducted audits of more than 2,740 companies, nearly twice as many as the previous year. The agency levied a record $7 million in civil fines on businesses that employed illegal workers.
Enforcement activity during the Bush administration focused on high-profile raids in which thousands of illegal immigrants were arrested and placed in deportation proceedings. Relatively few companies and their executives were prosecuted.
In contrast, the Obama administration has made employers the center of its immigration policy with “silent raids.” Critics say the policy has penalized small employers while failing to target larger employers.
Mr. Morton said the new center would have the “express purpose” of providing support to regional immigration offices conducting large audits. “We wouldn’t be limited by the size of a company,” he said.
The audits, which have affected garment makers, fruit growers and meat packers, result in the firing of every illegal immigrant on a company’s payroll. Companies say this has hurt them, especially as they can’t attract American workers even during an economic downturn.
Last year, for example, Gebbers Farm, an agricultural concern in Brewster, Wash., dismissed an estimated 550 workers—about a quarter of the local population—after ICE told the company a number of its employees’ hiring documents were suspect. The company declined to comment for this article.
Tom Roach, an immigration attorney in Pasco, Wash., said a client lost more than half of his workforce last year owing to an audit. “He had paid every nickel of taxes on them,” he said. But the employees had presented social-security cards that the landscape company couldn’t discern were fake, said Mr. Roach.
Small business owners, in particular, say they don’t have the ability to police their workers. They also fear discrimination suits, as some companies have experienced, for demanding additional documents from workers whom they suspect are in the country illegally.
Angelo Paparelli, an immigration attorney in New York and southern California, said: “We need to take employers out of the business of performing government functions, like playing immigration police.”
“Ultimately, it is in a company’s best financial interest to proactively comply with the law now rather than to face potential fines or criminal prosecution for noncompliance in the future,” an ICE spokeswoman said.
Mr. Morton said ICE was also seeking to expand a program enabling businesses to work with the federal government to ensure they are employing people authorized to work in the U.S. Called IMAGE, or ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers, the voluntary program includes training and assessments to help a company guard against hiring illegal employees.
Mr. Morton will also announce Thursday that Tyson Foods, Inc., which employs 100,000 people and has fought immigration troubles in the past, has joined the program, agreeing to an audit of “a certain portion of existing records.” The poultry processor, which says it has already taken steps to maintain a legal workforce, also agreed to establish an internal auditing process, Mr. Morton said.
“Tyson realized that employment of unauthorized workers posed a risk to their operations and stepped forward to manage that risk,” says Mark Reed, a former immigration agent who runs Border Management Strategies, a consulting firm which has advised Tyson.
Since ICE initiated the IMAGE program in 2006, only 115 companies have signed on, with many reluctant to open their books to government scrutiny and to invest in training and new systems to bolster their employer-verification process, experts say.
About 11 million illegal immigrants live in the U.S., according to government estimates. Without them, experts say, such industries as construction, lodging and agriculture would be forced to radically change how they operate—sharply boosting costs for consumers or curtailing the services they provide.
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