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April 3rd, 2009
08:22 AM ET

Enforce law vs. hiring illegals

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

Friday's new unemployment figures will underscore the fact that millions of Americans are either out of work or afraid they could end up that way.

Those who live in or near the town of Bellingham, Washington, the site of the Obama administration's first (and immigrant activists hope, last) workplace raid, can't be pleased to find out that they now have to compete with a couple dozen additional laborers who they assumed had been taken out of the country.

The workers were among the 28 suspected illegal immigrants who were rounded up in what looked like a standard operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a February 24 raid on the Yamato Engine Specialists, an auto parts plant in Bellingham.

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Filed under: Immigration • Ruben Navarrette
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  1. GF, Los Angeles

    I can't believe ICE gets flak for doing their job in raiding businesses who more than likely know they've hired illegals. I fully support these raids and the businesses should be fined so much that it wouldn't even be worth hiring an illegal. Without work the illegals will leave on their own instead of at taxpayer expense since we have to foot the bill for their trip back.

    April 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  2. earle,florida

    Great read,one word,"E-Verify"!

    April 3, 2009 at 11:40 am |