The Raids in Mississippi: A Question of Selective Enforcement?

In lawselective enforcement occurs when government officials such as police officersprosecutors, or regulators exercise enforcement discretion, which is the power to choose whether or how to punish a person who has violated the law. The biased use of enforcement discretion, such as that based on racial prejudice or corruption, is usually considered a legal abuse and a threat to the rule of law.—-Wikipedia

ICE Arrests Hundreds in Mississippi Raids Targeting Immigrant Workers

By Miriam Jordan

Aug. 7, 2019

“Federal agents raided several companies across Mississippi on Wednesday, rounding up hundreds of immigrant workers in what federal officials said might be the largest worksite enforcement action ever in a single state.

In a coordinated sting, more than 600 agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up at the sites with federal warrants that allowed them to search the premises. About 680 immigrants who were believed to be working without legal documentation were apprehended and taken away on buses….”

8 U.S. Code§ 1324a.Unlawful employment of aliens

(a)Making employment of unauthorized aliens unlawful

(1)In general it is unlawful for a person or other entity

(A)

to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United Statesan alien knowing thealien is an unauthorized alien (as defined in subsection (h)(3)) with respect to such employment, or

(B)

(i)to hire for employment in the United Statesan individual without complying with the requirements of subsection (b) or (ii) if the person or entity is an agricultural association, agriculturalemployer, or farm labor contractor (as defined in section 1802 of title 29), to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United Statesan individual without complying with the requirements of subsection (b).

(2)Continuing employment

It is unlawful for a person or other entity, after hiring an alien for employment in accordance with paragraph (1), to continue to employ the alien in theUnited States knowing the alien is (or has become) an unauthorized alien with respect to such employment.

So here’s the question:

During the recent ICE raids in Mississippi, how many plant owners, executives,  managers, and supervisors do you think were subjected to being handcuffed and perp-walked to waiting law enforcement vehicles?

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