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Editorial: Kamala Harris gets it wrong on immigration

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Vice President Kamala took her anti-GOP act on the highway with a Monday go to to a Latino convention in Chicago – sadly, she forgot to pack all her details.

Harris advised the UnidosUS 2023 Annual Convention that “extremist so-called leaders have a blueprint to attack hard-won freedoms and rights and to do it state by state as part of their national agenda.”

“Across our nation, extremist so-called leaders demonize, target and attack immigrants,” she mentioned.

As The Hill reported, Harris pointed to a brand new regulation in Florida that requires corporations to find out an worker’s immigration standing and places penalties on hiring undocumented immigrants. The vice chairman known as it “a law designed to make people live in fear.”

In a phrase, no.

The laws signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes utilizing E-Confirm necessary for any employer with 25 or extra workers, imposes enforceable penalties for these using unlawful immigrants, and enhances penalties for human smuggling.

DeSantis didn’t invent E-Confirm, he’s imposing it.

E-Confirm has been round since 1996, and it’s operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers, a part of the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS), in partnership with the Social Safety Administration (SSA). With it, employers can affirm the employment eligibility of recent hires.

The important thing phrase is eligibility, as a result of the Immigration Reform and Management Act of 1986 made it unlawful to knowingly rent unlawful immigrants. It additionally established monetary and different penalties for corporations that employed unlawful immigrants.

This isn’t a brand new, draconian swipe at immigrants cooked up by a GOP cabal – it’s a regulation that’s been on the books for 37 years. E-Confirm is a device to assist employers comply – that’s been round for 27 years.

Nevertheless it’s voluntary for many employers, although others could also be required by state regulation or federal regulation to make use of it.

Harris is vexed as a result of DeSantis is utilizing E-Confirm to implement the 1986 regulation. And imposing a regulation you don’t like is an outrage, in accordance with progressives.

The vice chairman known as on Hispanic leaders to unite towards what she known as extremist insurance policies, i.e. vote for Biden/Harris in 2024.

it’s fascinating that she selected Chicago – why not make a cease in New York Metropolis? Immigration is a scorching subject there, simply not in the way in which that conforms to Harris’ narrative.

Democratic New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams has mentioned his metropolis is inundated with asylum-seekers and that New York has no extra room to deal with them.

As Politico reported, final week he issued a brand new directive: single grownup migrants will solely be allowed to remain within the metropolis’s shelter system for 60 days, after which they are going to be required to reapply for a slot. There are about 55,000 migrants within the system, making up barely greater than half of the whole shelter inhabitants, a file quantity.

Adams can be planning at hand out fliers to asylum-seekers on the border discouraging them from coming to New York Metropolis within the first place.

If Adams was a Republican, Harris would little doubt blast him. However he, like DeSantis, is making an attempt to take substantive steps to maintain their metropolis and state working for everybody.

We’d like management that can do the identical for the nation.

Editorial cartoon by Gary Varvel. (Photo courtesy Creators)
Editorial cartoon by Gary Varvel. (Picture courtesy Creators)

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