Bush to illegal aliens: once you're in the U.S., you're home free
A Government Accountability Office staffer told a House panel yesterday that workplace enforcement of immigration violations had fallen sharply under the Bush administration.
For an example, here are the numbers of employers who received formal letters warning about fines for possible violations of immigration laws:
Clinton in 1999: 417 employers
Bush in 2003: 3 employers
They claim this is because they've been focusing on possible terrorism, such as by concentrating on the border and on illegal aliens working at sensitive sites like Navy shipyards.
However, no doubt a major reason for the drop-off is because of "other factors."
See "Employer sanctions decline" (link) for the details (also here as "Auditors find drop in immigration enforcement at worksites" link). Separate report in "Critics cite lax efforts to enforce federal worksite immigration laws" (link).
One of the stock lies from the Open Borders crew is "America's immigration system is broken, and needs to be fixed". This current report is further proof that that's a highly misleading statement: you can't say a system is broken if they system isn't being implemented as designed.