By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington City Council appears to want illegal immigrants and undocumented people welcomed here. Most weren’t fazed by Chief Heffner’s statement that passage would make it less safe for legal citizens. https://blnnews.com/2017/12/18/welcoming-ordinance-tonight/
I’ve wondered ever since how these people are supporting themselves. It’s illegal to hire anyone who is undocumented, the welcoming ordinance isn’t going to change federal law. The Council could be guilty of harboring illegals if they pass it.
Here’s a recap of the law: https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/penalties-for-employers-hiring-illegal-immigrants.html
What Are the Penalties for Hiring an Illegal Immigrant?
Hiring illegal immigrants can lead to many severe penalties, such as:
- Criminal and civil fines
- Loss of business licenses
Most fines are broken down to the following:
- First offenders can be fined $250-$2,000 per illegal employee.
- For a second offense, the fine is $2,000-$5,000 per illegal employee.
- Three or more offenses can cost an employer $3000-$10,000 per illegal employee. A pattern of knowingly employing illegal immigrants can mean extra fines and up to six months in jail for an employer.
This does not include “harboring” illegal immigrants, or employing ten or more illegal immigrants in one year. Harboring an illegal immigrant can lead to ten years of prison time.
Since it’s illegal to hire anyone who is undocumented, how are the undocumented here supporting themselves? Are employers willing to risk the above penalties? Are taxpayers supporting them? In Illinois, receiving benefits from the government is possible – especially if children are involved: https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/government-benefits-immigrants
There is a non-profit locally called The Immigration Project: http://www.immigrationproject.org/
I found the 2015 tax return they filed: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/431700482/201523209349300837/IRS990
Part VIII shows this:
They receive taxpayer money!
Your tax dollars are being used to help the undocumented even though the law has severe penalties for hiring or harboring them.
Both Republican and Democrats created this ridiculous system. Undocumented persons are handed benefits they didn’t earn while being told they can’t legally earn anything.
What other country allows this nonsense?
Is the Council silly enough to make it worse by handcuffing law enforcement?