Wednesday, June 2

'Day Labor Work Centers' Violate Federal Law

One way that local communities have tried to deal with illegal aliens congregating in an attempt to find work is by building a dedicated space where they can wait for prospective work to appear or call in. The latest community to explore this possibility is Centreville, Virginia.
The two-hour-long meeting was organized by Fairfax County Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) to gather community opinion about a planned day-labor center -- privately funded and staffed by church volunteers -- at the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Nonprofits and church groups have said a work center could address concerns from stores and neighbors, who say the bands of Guatemalan immigrants who look for work near shops and the nearby public library are intimidating and a nuisance.

At least some of the men, church groups and Frey said, are undocumented immigrants. - Washington Post
There is one problem with these centers in that they violate Federal Law by assisting illegal aliens to work in the US. Such assistance is a Felony:
A person (including a group of persons, business, organization or local government) commits a federal felony when he:
  • assists an alien whom he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him to obtain employment,
  • encourages that alien to remain in the U.S., by referring him to an employer, by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or
  • knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Penalties upon conviction include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime.

Anyone employing or contracting with an illegal alien without verifying his work authorization status is guilty of a misdemeanor. Aliens and employers violating immigration laws are subject to arrest, detention, and seizure of their vehicles or property. In addition, individuals or entities who engage in racketeering enterprises that commit (or conspire to commit) immigration-related felonies are subject to private civil suits for treble damages and injunctive relief. - Link

Now before you go and point out that I cannot prove that illegal aliens are going to take advantage of such a facility, note that the local Government admits that they will. Also note that you are guilty simply if the person 'lacks employment authorization'. This puts the responsibility on you to know whether the person is legal or not. This is where the Federal Government does you a dis-service by not providing the proper tools to confirm whether a person can work or not. Of course you can simply ask for an ID and Social Security Card, but that would make you a racist according to their thinking.

Given the above, I would think that if Fairfax Authorities approve such a facility, that they would be guilty of a Federal Crime. Of course, the Federal Government is ignoring these rules, but MAYBE one day, that will change.

One more thing, persons legally in the US and unemployed already have someplace to go. It is called the unemployment office.

(Click on the label Illegal Aliens for more thoughts on this matter.)
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