The Obama Administration declared shortly after taking office that they were going to shift enforcement of immigration law away from targeting illegal aliens to instead concentrating on those who hire illegal aliens.
Unfortunately, I do not see their first high-profile case as anything useful in terms of being an example to others not to hire illegal aliens:
Two owners of a Bellingham engine-rebuilding company that was raided in January, raising questions about federal policies on illegal immigrants, were sentenced Monday to a year on probation and their business must pay a $100,000 fine.
Shafique Amirali Dhanani and Shirin Dhanani Makala, corporate directors, managers and two owners of family-owned Yamato Engine Specialists, were spared prison time, fines and restitution in plea agreements followed to the letter by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart.
A guilty plea was entered earlier Monday for Yamato, which agreed to pay half the fine immediately and the balance by Dec. 31. The company also must take out a half-page advertisement in The Bellingham Herald to describe how it got into hot water for hiring undocumented workers. - Seattle Times
One odd aspect of this case was that the illegal aliens employed by the company were given work permits to remain in the country legally so that they could testify against the owners of the company. So what the hell was the Government doing making a deal? They were guilty as hell and should have been headed to jail as an example to others not to hire illegals. Instead, they get off with a slap on the wrists. As for the ad, what on earth kind of punishment is that? Is that like writing 1,000 times on the blackboard that you promise not to do it again?
What a joke. But I can't say that I am surprised. This is worse than before. At least before INS was trying to catch and deport illegal aliens. Now they are not doing that, nor are they hunting down those who hire them. Really, where are the other busts of employers? There is nothing of any substance.