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Saturday, June 25, 2005
  Bush say: Screw the borders and immigration
L.A. Daily News - Opinion: "If the story about Wal-Mart getting away for years with employing illegal immigrants as janitors didn't make the United States' ambivalence about immigration law clear, the latest report from the General Accounting Office should do it.

The GAO, which does in-depth research for Congress, found that the feds have virtually stopped cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. In 1999, for example, federal authorities sent notices of intent to fine to 417 employers. In 2004, they only sent those same notices to three employers. Similarly, the number of arrests made in workplace raids has plummeted from 2,849 in 1999 to 44 last year.

In a nutshell, the laws against hiring illegal immigrants are little more than a nuisance to employers.

So, employers continue to exercise selective perception when it come to the status of their workers, and thousands of low-wage illegal immigrants continue to stream across the border any way they can to do the work.

It doesn't exactly reinforce the idea of the United States being a place that honors the rule of law above all, does it?"
 
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