The first immigration raid of an employer under the new Obama administration took place yesterday in Bellingham, Washington. One third of the work force at an engine remanufacturing company, a total of 28 people, mostly illegal immigrants from Mexico, were arrested. Three were later released. The others are awaiting decisions regarding deportation.
Statements and actions by Janet Napolitano, Obama’s new Secretary of Homeland Security, following the raid, give me cause for concern:
The secretary of Homeland Security has ordered of a review of an immigration raid in Bellingham in which a third of the employees of an engine manufacturing shop were arrested.
Janet Napolitano said she wants to know why Tuesday’s raid took place and said immigration enforcement should be focused on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Uh, yeah, Janet. Doesn’t this pretty much fit the bill? Obviously, the raid was justified since it found that a full third of the company’s employees were illegals. I hope that Ms. Napolitano is just re-stating department policy instead of condemning such actions. Does she really want to come across as being sympathetic to illegal aliens at a time when 15% of the American work force can’t find a decent job?
Of course, there’s always the bleeding hearts who come out in support of the criminals:
“Attacking workers, taking away the primary breadwinner, destroying a local business and leaving families torn apart is simply un-American and unjust,” said immigration advocate Pramila Jayapal with OneAmerica.
Nobody is tearing apart families here. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is simply enforcing the law and sending illegals home. Their families are free to return with them. And no one has destroyed the company. They will find no shortage of American workers eager to take over. (Although I’m sure some immigrant advocacy group will claim that building engines is another example of the kind of work that Americans won’t do any more. Funny, there sure seems to be plenty of laid-off auto workers here in Michigan who would love to be doing that work.)
Napolitano would be better advised to issue strong statements of support for ICE and strong condemnations of illegal workers following such raids, unless she wants to destroy morale at Homeland Security.