The biggest problem we have with immigration in the United States is enforcement of current laws. I’ve read statements and opinions from many people on many sides of this issue, and whether you agree with our laws or not, most people agree that we don’t enforce our existing laws. After all, if we did, then why are there 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. today?
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was formed in 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It accounts for more than 15,000 employees working in offices here in the U.S. and around the world. So what have they been up to in the past couple of years? A lot.
Most recently, on May 12, they arrested 390 suspected illegal immigrants at Agriprocessors, a meat plant in Iowa. According to Time Magazine, in April, they arrested more than 300 workers at Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plants in five states. In December 2006, they arrested 1,297 workers at six locations of Swift & Company (nearly 70% of whom have been convicted or deported and a union official was convicted of harboring illegal aliens). In April 2006, more than 1,100 workers were arrested at 52 locations of IFCO Systems North America (seven managers have plead guilty of knowingly hiring illegals and five more convicted).
So, it’s working folks. Slowly but surely, it’s working. If you’re in the U.S. illegally, you must know that your day is coming. Employers, now’s your opportunity to keep your logo out of my blog.
And one last message. To those of you who are reading this blog from outside the borders of the United States. America is a great country. It is indeed all you’ve heard it is, and I hope you’ll come here some day. Bring your family. Bring your extended family. Bring your friends. Bring your native customs and traditions. Visit one of our thousands of immigration offices throughout our country. Go through the proper channels. Do the right thing like my European ancestors did. Pledge your allegiance to our country, and I’ll be glad to call you my fellow American!