To tackle illegal immigration, go after the employers
© Provided by The Hill The job magnet is making it impossible to secure the Southwest border. The availability of jobs in the United States attracts immigrants who need work and are willing to do whatever they have to do to cross the border.
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Congress tried to eliminate the job magnet by establishing employer sanctions with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). The theory was that if employers were sanctioned for hiring aliens who do not have work authorization, they would stop hiring them.
This was expected to prevent a new group of undocumented aliens from taking the place of the ones IRCA was going to legalize.
It didn’t work. Approximately 2.7 million
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