MODERATORS: Can you add a polling option: Employers should be held accountable for hiring undocumented workers.
The problem with the Senate Bill as I see it is that it has already all been tried before and it does nothing to discourage people from coming here in the first place. Also it still rewards those who came here illegally and again this feels unfair to those who jump through all the necessary hoops to get in legally.
I personally experienced the problem of putting the burden on the employers when that was last a requirement. Before s/he went to work, an employee had to produce three positive forms of ID one of which had to be proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or proof of legal status such as a green card or naturalization papers.
It was no time at all before a booming cottage industry was out there producing forged birth certificates, driver's licenses, and other documentation. If you're in a high powered, high security environment you have the resources to run extensive background checks and verify documentation. The average small contractor or service agency doesn't have that kind of resources or the time to wait until a background check is done. The policy didn't last long.
In case some think all this is a brand new problem, here are just a few snippets of previous activity re illegal immigration:
November 11, 1977
Some 1,500 people took part in a historic, united show of opposition to President Carter''s attacks on undocumented immigrants at the National Chicano/Latino Conference held here October 28-30.
Those present included leaders of diverse organizations--the broadest array of Chicanos and Latinos united around a single issue since the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement.
The widely publicized conference showed the Chicano movement speaks with one voice in saying "No" to the Carter plan to step up deportations. The gathering was a political blow to the Carter administration, and especially to Leonel Castillo, who has pretended to represent Latino interests as head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the hated la migra.
The conference called for nationally coordinated protests November 18--20 in support of immediate, unconditional amnesty for all undocumented workers.
According to conference organizers, people from more than thirty states attended. Especially significant was the delegation from Mexico, which included representatives of the Democratic Tendency of the Electrical Workers Union and the National Front for People''s Action (FNAP), two of the most prominent oppositionist organizations in Mexico.
Support for the conference grew after Carter submitted a message to Congress outlining his proposed crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
*Estevan T. Flores, A Call to Action: An Analysis of Our Struggles and Alternatives to Carter's Immigration Program, Pamphlet, October 28-30, 1977.
Episodes from the Struggle for Justice, Equality, & Dignity: A Brief History of the Last 15 Years National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Roots of resistance The contemporary U.S. immigrant and refugee rights movement has multiple roots stretching back to the 1960s movements for civil rights, racial justice, farm workers unions, student rights, and peace.
This one is pretty ideologically slanted, but does give interesting information re the l965 act.
The Immigration Reform Act of 1965.
Revolution in America
by Norman Grigg