President George W. Bush has stepped up his enforcement-first policy on immigration by requiring through executive order that any business that wishes to contract with the federal government must first check the legal status of its workers through the E-Verify system. They are to submit the Social Security number used for employment to the Social Security Administration for verification. Critics point out that the SSA has no capacity yet to provide a reliable check and its current verification is replete with error. (See LA Times article.)
. . . N. Y. TIMES SERIES ON LOCAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT
The NY Times has begun a series of how, and to what effect, local governments are going after Illegals. Some are working with ICE, but many are impatient in waiting for training. The first article describes the enforcement of state identity-theft laws in the Panhandle county of Santa Rosa, Florida.
. . . 10,000 UNACCOMPANIED YOUNG IMMIGRANT IN DETENTION
An estimated 10,000 underage and unaccompanied undocumented children languish in ICE detention centers around the country. Many have been abused here or at home. Many are without legal representation. Many are held in place where it is difficult to get adequare legal representation. Many might qualify to stay, but become adults before their cases are heard. Another hidden injustice un the enforcement-first strategy. (See Chicago Tribune article.)