Thursday, March 10, 2005

HB 1525 To Put Colleges in Violation of Federal Law

by Debbie Pelley (click "comments" below to continue)


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(by Debbie Pelley)

The Law Against Hiring or Harboring Illegal Aliens

Legislators and college presidents who testified for HB 1525 seem to think that giving scholarships and instate tuition to illegal aliens is not against federal law. Read the following summary of our laws and see if you agree or disagree. My other column gives the background as to why these laws are necessary.

I am sure all out of compassion have wanted to take in an abandoned child or support the starving children in Africa, or pick up a distressed hijacker. However, in all these instances, we have had to consider the cost, the danger, and our own resources. The following laws were adopted I am sure on the basis of these three things.Our state government must consider those things as well as they pass laws on immigration.

The Law Against Hiring or Harboring Illegal Aliens

The following sobering excerpts in are taken from article with the title above found at the link below. You will note they are documented with actual law cases in several instances. I hope this entices you to read the entire article at this link.

Summary of article from article itself.

"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."

"It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law.16 Harboring means any conduct that tends to substantially facilitate an alien to remain in the U.S. illegally.17 The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally, but has since lost his legal status."

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

Endnotes 16 & 17 in paragraph above.

16. INA 274(a)(1)(A)(iii).

17. U.S. v. Lopez, 521 F.2d 437 (2nd Cir 1975), cert. denied 423 US 995.

"It is unlawful to hire an alien, to recruit an alien, or to refer an alien for a fee, knowing the alien is unauthorized to work in the United States.1 It is equally unlawful to continue to employ an alien knowing that the alien is unauthorized to work.2 "

Endnote 1 - . INA 274A(a)(1)(A).

Endnote 2 - INA 274A (a)(2).

"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."

"It is unlawful to hire an individual for employment in the United States without complying with employment eligibility verification requirements.4 Requirements include examination of identity documents and completion of Form I-9 for every employee hired. Employers must retain all I-9s, and, with 3 days advance notice, they must be made available for inspection."

Endnote 4 - INA 274A(a)(1)(B)(i).

"Employment includes any service or labor performed for any type of remuneration within the United States, with the exception of sporadic domestic service by an individual in a private home.5 Day laborers or other casual workers engaged in any compensated activity (with the above exception) are employees for purposes of immigration law.6"

Endnote 5.- 46 USC 8704, 8 CFR 274a.1(f), (h).

Endnote 6 -. Jenkins v. INS, 108 F.3d 195, (9th Cir.1997).

Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where crime from these lawbreakers is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. A documented study published in City Journal in 2004 found that 95 percent of all outstanding murder warrants in Los Angeles involved suspected illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.

(Crime and the Illegal Alien by Heather MacDonald, June, 04.

7:06 PM, March 10, 2005  
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