Friday, April 21, 2006

The Irony of it All

Pro-illegal aliens shout that we need stiffer penalties for businesses who hire illegal aliens. Don't blame the illegal aliens, they say. Businesses need a better way to know the eligibility of workers, don't blame the businesses some say.

If businesses are going to be responsible for the "penalty" of hiring an illegal, and given that illegal aliens acquire fraudulent documents for work purposes with ease, then businesses need a way to make sure their workers are in fact legal.

So the House passed legislation, now pending in the Senate, that proposes an Employment Eligibility System which includes a database of job seekers at the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. Employers would use the system to look up a potential employee's Social Security number or alien identification number to make sure those numbers are not fraudulent.

Sounds like a good idea to control the hiring of illegal aliens, right? Wrong says the ACLU.

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