by Michael Fox
Immigration is a hot button issue, with the most vocal being those who want much stricter enforcement. That seems to be where the low hanging political fruit is. On the other side of the debate are employers who are dependent on immigrants for the continued operations of their businesses. A definite pocket book issue. The NYT's story, The Search for Illegal Immigrants Stops at the Workplace, gives some background.
This may be the next area where we see more "criminalization" of business behavior. Although certainly there are times when that may be appropriate, it should be a last resort.