Administration Tightens Screws on Undocumented, Employers

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"Comprehensive Immigration Reform" was a big loser this year for President Bush and many Democrats, mostly because it included a pathway to legalization for 12 million undocumented workers, which was denounced as "amnesty." Now the Administration has announced a multi-agency crackdown to begin in the next 30 days, with measures that include new pressure on employers to fire illegal immigrant workers. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warns that tough enforcement will cause economic pain, but that employers should have seen it coming. Opponents say it'll make things worse. Supporters say it's about time. We debate the impact on the construction industry and grocery prices. Can local communities take matters into their own hands?




Warren Olney