Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Elgin gets tough

I never thought I’d see the day when the city of Elgin would even say the word “illegal” in the context of the immigrant population. But they did!

And they made a public announcement about it in the form of a press release. Pretty bold move, especially since the mayor seems to like having illegals in town. To him they are nothing more than a byproduct of an immigration policy that didn’t account for the cheap labor needs of lazy, graying Americans.

So they went public with what they call “Several Initiatives to Combat Illegal Immigration.”

They plan to:
1) Enroll in the ICE ACCESS program
2) Screen all foreign born arrestees using the IAQ system
3) Resume checking Social Security numbers of all new hires
4) Do random audits of contractors hired by the city to make sure they are using E-Verify.

So, way to go, Elgin! If enough citizens complain for long enough, they listen.

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