Enforcement against Employers of Illegal Aliens

Every once in awhile the administration’s non-enforcement of the nation’s immigration law is interrupted by a case that shows what could be happening if there were a commitment to aggressive enforcement.

That’s what is happening in Kansas City. Owners of two hotels have been indicted for knowingly employing illegal aliens. The case appears to be so egregious that ICE couldn’t ignore the temptation to seek proof of the employers’ culpability. They sent in an undercover agent to apply for a job while acknowledging not having documents establishing legal work status. The hotel manager said that would be no problem but the pay would be less than minimum wage because there would be no withholdings.

According to the Kansas City Star more than half of the hotel staff were illegal alien workers. ICE said that the illegal alien workers were being treated as “victims” and no decision has been made about their status. But the government is seeking convictions against two owners of the hotels including possible jail sentences as well as confiscating the hotels.

If this type of enforcement against an employer of illegal aliens were more common, it would go a long way towards making employers less likely to continue to hire and abuse illegal alien workers. Of course, the government should also be sending a message to current and prospective illegal alien workers by deporting those found working illegally.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    I am happy to read what you all have to say. It is great, there are a lot of us that feel the same way, even us Hispanics. Many are affraid to speak their minds in public. If we don’t speak our minds and do something about it our granchildren won’t have a country to be proud off. Please help. Dig into your heart and soul and find out what you need to do. Enforce Laws against employers who hire illegal Aliens. Enforce Laws against Illegal Aliens that have no right to be here.

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    A nation is supposed to exist for the benefit of its citizens. This administration, and previous ones, has not acted in the best interests of citizens by allowing huge volumes of immigration. No nation’s people want their country to be “transformed” to the liking of political leaders and influential special interests. We have not had government representative of We the People. It is time to restore a government that works for us instead of over us.

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    I’ve always said that all we need is to have our current laws enforced and no need for new ones. The politicians don’t want to touch the subject because they’re afraid they will lose the Latino vote.

    What I would really like to see is an acknowledgment of an E verify program participation with the registration papers at the door of a business and if that isn’t there simply boycotting the business. It might sound impractical but how many other options do we have left. The Republicans were the only ones fighting for immigration enforcement and they might not be there after the next election. So we may soon be back to seeing the dream act amnesty coming up for a vote again.

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    unhypehnatedAmerican on

    Illegal aliens ARE NOTVICTIMS. They are willing participants in the crime(s) and should be prosecuted fully as such.

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    In this case, both the business (employer) and the job applicants should be prosecuted under all applicable laws. The business for engaging in the hiring of Illegal Aliens (not eligible to work in the US), and the applicants for knowingly seeking employment when not authorized to work in the US.

    Speaking of seizing assets, when (or if) an Illigal Alien is arrested and processed for deportation (excuse me, “repatriation”) all of their assets (money, bank accounts, cars, real property) should be seized by the government as similarly done for drug dealers and auctioned – proceeds going to the seizing agency and to the Treasury (to directly pay national debt). Let them take about $500 per person/family member (if they have it) and whatever non-financial instruments they can carry in a suitcase (suitcases with wheels are acceptable, but the Illegal Alien must be able to move it without mechanical assistance).

    I’m not opposed to someone seeking a better life, but the current hand-out programs (social welfare benefits, tax fraud, amnesty, disregard for the rule of law) of the US Government are effectively destroying our national values and our ability to provide a sustained standard of living for OUR OWN CITIZENS.

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      I’ not opposed to someone seeking a better life either. Hand-outs or whatever is a conservative issue, you are entitled to stand for small government. That’s totally different than the mission of this website to deport 11 million by force and forcing women and children into poverty and subject to being preyed on by gangs.

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    Seems the US Code – Title 8, Sec. 1325, concerning illegal aliens, has been diregarded by this administration. We need our laws re-instated and obeyed or we can just call ourselves a nation of UNENFORCED laws, and a nation of ILLEGAL immigrants.

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    softwarengineer on

    Any Employer Using IAs

    And that “unknowingly” hogwash they use as an excuse to employ IAs has about as much legal acceptability as the Mexican Drug Cartel telling us they don’t sell drugs until we catch them with the drugs; needs to be prosecuted, locked up and their business IMMEDIATELY auctioned to the highest bidder. Profit proceeds of the auction go to the government to pay off our deficit.

    A caveat, assuming the IA employer owner is a foreign entity and the “highest bidder” is too; immediate E-verify in the workplace will ensure the foreign company owner in America still only hires legal Americans.