The January 14th issue of Businessweek, features an important article about the future of business under an enforcement only immigration policy.
For years there has been an implicit understanding among businesses that need workers, illegal immigrants willing to do those jobs, communities that benefit from such commerce, and a government that rarely intervened. Now that understanding has been torn apart. Of 1,500 people surveyed in June by the Pew Research Center, 55% said the most effective way to reduce illegal immigration from Mexico is to increase penalties on employers. In a Democratic Presidential debate in November, Barack Obama said: “An employer has more of a chance of getting hit by lightning than being prosecuted for hiring an undocumented worker. That has to change.” All of the candidates, with varying degrees of vigor, have expressed the same sentiment.