Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is driving the changes to the immigration policy that is stalled in congress right now. The changes are primarily aimed at employers who hire undocumented workers with criminal records.
The recent administrative changes include:
- New guidelines directing immigration agents to target employers who hire illegal immigrants rather than simply arresting undocumented employees.
- A requirement that all local police agencies deputized to check immigration status and turn criminals over for possible deportation sign new agreements pledging to focus on those who pose a risk to public safety.
- The implementation of a rule that requires federal contractors to use E-Verify, an online employment-verification program.
- The expansion of a program that uses government databases during the booking process to find illegal immigrants in the nation's jails.