Asplundh, the tree-trimming company, has been hit by a $96 million penalty for hiring (and rehiring) illegal alien workers. According to the federal prosecutors it is the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case.
The company pled guilty to criminal charges in a federal court in Pennsylvania, where its headquarters is located, apparently moving swiftly to minimize the damage to the corporation’s image. As a result of the guilty plea, there will not be a public trial.
If the illegal immigration problem is ever to be solved, this is how it will be done. No amount of arrests, deportation, enforcement measures, or wall-building will be as effective at drying up the flood of illegals inundating us as a combination of much tighter restrictions on welfare access…and this right here. When serious punishment for the corporations that take criminal advantage of these people becomes less of a rarity and more routine, we’ll know the government is truly serious about re-establishing our borders and enforcing immigration regs at last, and not before.
The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet.
And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion.
State and local governments are getting ravaged by the costs, at over $88 billion. The federal government, by comparison, is getting off easy at $45 billion in costs for illegals.
President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and conservatives in Congress are moving aggressively to deal with illegals, especially those with long criminal records. But their effort is being fought by courts and some 300 so-called “sanctuary communities” that refuse to work with federal law enforcement.
Every one of which ought to see every last dime of federal money they receive cut off, cold. Trump has promised to do just that; he ought to get on with it.
Securing its borders is Job One for any national government. A nation that fails to—or refuses to—is not really a nation at all. “Liberals” seem to think that the US is the only country in the world required as some sort of demonstration of superior “morality” to fling its borders open and welcome every last bedraggled parasite that wanders in—one supposes as the necessary first step towards the One World Government they’ve always fantasized about. I’d love to see them try to sneak across into, say, Mexico from the south and watch what happens to them.