New Bill Targets Employers Who Hire Illegals
Patrick T. Wilson
The H-2B Program has always been “Americans First”, even before it became a campaign slogan. For some reason, H-2B has recently been entangled in rhetoric involving illegal immigration by those who are ill-informed in the media and in politics. A report from the CATO Institute in 2015 actually states the opposite, showing more legal temporary workers correlates to decreased numbers of illegal immigrants. Check out the graph below:
There seems to be a double-standard when it comes to employers. Many businesses forgo utilizing legal visa workers and hire illegal immigrants. The question then becomes, “Who is holding these businesses accountable for cheating Americans and operating with illegal employers?”. That is the million dollar question and there are zero repercussions for these employers who cheat the system. Has anyone ever heard of an employer being audited or held accountable for hiring illegals? I’ll answer that for you- NO. Meanwhile, employers who do it the right way are paying the price, both financially and politically.
Illegal employers may be in for a big surprise if the Senate has anything to say about it. Senate Bill 285, introduced by Senators Delph, Boots, and Kruse will target employment of unauthorized aliens and the employers who hire them. This new bill, if passed, would bring the hammer down on businesses who knowingly employ unauthorized aliens. This would be a good start on cracking down on illegal immigration and would undoubtedly shift the public perception of the H-2B program. Considering President Trump is an H-2B visa employer and has begun his crack down on the border, H-2B visas might be one of few ways into the United States for non-citizens while they work to take the required steps to become a legal citizen of the United States. Needless to say, the H-2B industry would benefit greatly from Senate Bill 285.