There is Nothing Silent, Kinder or Gentler About Obama's Workplace Raids
- There is Nothing Silent, Kinder or Gentler About Workplace Raids
By Maegan La Mala
I saw this New York Times article being passed around via various social
networks. The article talks about a "new" immigration enforcement strategy
being used by the Obama administration: the so-called "silent raid".
Silent because the mainstream media generally doesn't trouble itself with
following up with the undocumented workers who, yes, may be allowed to stay
in the country, but are left without work in an already troubled economy.
The premise that the media and the Obama administration is trying to sell,
is that it's enforcement is kinder and gentler also doesn't line up with the
statistics coming from the Federal Government. From the article by Julia
"Instead of hundreds of agents going after one company, now one agent can go
after hundreds of companies," said Mark K. Reed, president of Border
Management Strategies, a consulting firm in Tucson that advises companies
across the country on immigration law. "And there is no drama, no trauma, no
families being torn apart, no handcuffs."
No amount of PR massaging, however, can mask the stats which show that the
Obama administration has detained and deported more immigrants than his
Because undocumented and unemployed immigrants do not get counted in the
unemployment stats, that impact never gets properly measured. It comes to us
anecdotally via one off stories of the homeless undocumented. For those of
us living in immigrant communities, we see more of our vecinos sleeping in
the parks and in subway stations.
While less dramatic, this enforcement policy is something that nationalist,
white supremacist, and anti-migrant organizations have been talking about
for years. Attrition through enforcement, meaning making conditions so
difficult for immigrants that they will want to leave.
This must be what Obama meant when he recommitted himself to immigration
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