Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Employer Sanction: Do They Work Or Don't They?
Suffolk County at the eastern end of Long Island, NY, was long a Republican bastion. Of late it's taken on a Democratic faith. The county executive and a majority of the county legislature is of the blue hue. And Suffolk County under the Democrats has taken on an aggressively anti-immigrant tinge. Some of the county laws and practices rival Hazelton, PA, Arizona and Oklahoma. But Suffolk laws also seem to demonstrate that anti-immigrant measures do not necessarily work. The NY Times reports that recent sweeps of construction sites to catch undocumented workers and to penalize their employers resulted in the grand catch of one worker. Notwithstanding the meager results, a Democrat legislator wants to extend the law to all employers.