Did you know that under current law you can be fined up to $10,000 per illegal worker under your employ and up to 6 months in jail if you show a pattern of defying the law? Or that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the legal authority to fine an employer $50 for each incorrect SSN on a W-2 and up to $250,000 per year?
When was the last time you heard about anyone actually going to jail for employing illegals?
From Senate testimony by Mr. Richard Stanta, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Government Accountability Office
Since fiscal year 1999, INS and ICE have dedicated a relatively small portion of overall agent resources to the worksite enforcement program. As shown in figure 2, in fiscal year 1999 INS allocated about 240 full-time equivalents to worksite enforcement efforts, while in fiscal year 2003, ICE allocated about 90 full-time equivalents. Between fiscal years 1999 and 2003, the percentage of agent work-years spent on worksite enforcement efforts generally decreased from about 9 percent to about 4 percent.24Again, this is not a problem of law. Its selective enforcement by a pro-illegal immigration president. Contact your congressman to tell him to vote NO for this beast of a bill!
Although worksite enforcement has been a low priority relative to other programs, ICE has proposed increasing agent resources for the worksite enforcement program. For example, in its fiscal year 2007 budget submission, ICE requested funding for 206 additional positions for worksite enforcement. Yet, at this point, it is unclear what impact, if any, these additional resources would have on worksite enforcement efforts.
The number of notices of intent to fine issued to employers as well as the number of unauthorized workers arrested at worksites have generally declined.25 Between fiscal years 1999 and 2004, the number of notices of intent to fine issued to employers for improperly completing Forms I-9 or knowingly hiring unauthorized workers generally decreased from 417 to 3.
The number of unauthorized workers arrested during worksite enforcement operations has also declined since fiscal year 1999. As shown in figure 4, the number of worksite arrests for administrative violations of immigration law, such as for violating the terms of a visa, declined by about 84 percent from 2,849 in fiscal year 1999 to 445 in fiscal year 2003. (Emphasis mine)