According to the Valley News, United States Customs and Border Protection agents “conducted patrols” throughout the region that swept up 17 individuals in the Lebanon, N.H. area and another nine in Littleton. Those people were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal.
These raids followed higher profile ones last week in Mississippi that scooped up over 600 people allegedly without documentation.
President Trump made nativism the centerpiece of his helter-skelter platform so we expect a steady diet of similar headlines from now until the 2020 Presidential election.
What we don’t understand is why authorities don’t target the businesses that employ undocumented workers. None of them can be registered for lawful employment and all operate in plain sight.
These businesses are not paying any federal/state income taxes, FICA, Medicare, workers compensation and/or unemployment insurance on behalf of these workers. Another way to describe that practice is “tax evasion.”
These companies are also likely to be denying labor protections to these workers which means wage and safety violations in open view of the U.S. Labor Department.
The first is a ripoff to American taxpayers, the second is an affront to human decency.
A report from Washington Post investigative reporters Josh Partlow and David Fahrenthold last week may help to understand the sitting administration’s reticence for going after employers.
For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees to build fountains and waterfalls, sidewalks and rock walls at the company’s winery and its golf courses from New York to Florida.
Other employees at Trump clubs were so impressed by the laborers — who did strenuous work with heavy stone — that they nicknamed them “Los Picapiedras,” Spanish for “the Flintstones.”
For years, their ranks have included workers who entered the United States illegally, according to two former members of the crew. Another employee, still with the company, said that remains true today.
President Trump “doesn’t want undocumented people in the country,” said one worker, Jorge Castro, a 55-year-old immigrant from Ecuador without legal status who left the company in April after nine years. “But at his properties, he still has them.”
The report offers exhaustive evidence of the Trump organization’s vast and perpetual abuses.
Whatever is your position in the immigration debates, we think all good people can agree that the sitting President is a sleazy hypocrite.