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October_16 - Employer sanctions and workplace enforcement...

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Employer sanctions and workplace enforcement 1952 – first law making it a crime to harbor illegal aliens specifically exempted employers – employment of illegal aliens not considered harboring, and therefore not illegal 1986 – Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) creates penalties for knowingly employing illegal workers – maximum fine of $10,000/worker consistent underfunding of INS enforcement in this context – by Congress proliferation of fraudulent identity documents (Permanent Resident cards, Social Security Numbers) inability of INS to assist employers in verifying documents June 2006 GAO report to Congress – “the single most important step that could be taken to reduce unlawful migration is the development of a more effective system for verifying work authorization.” “employers of unauthorized aliens faced little likelihood that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would investigate,
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