Immigration “silent raids” lead to firings, not deportations

The New York Times reports:

The Obama administration has replaced immigration raids at factories and farms with a quieter enforcement strategy: sending federal agents to scour companies’ records for illegal immigrant workers.

While the sweeps of the past commonly led to the deportation of such workers, the “silent raids,” as employers call the audits, usually result in the workers being fired, but in many cases they are not deported.

So the Obama administration has decided that illegal immigrants should be forced out of work but not deported? On what planet is that a sensible policy? It seems like the worst of both worlds: we let them come here but require them to be unproductive!

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