Obama Reviews Predecessor's Tools to Enforce Immigration Policies
President Obama has endorsed several immigration enforcement tools used by his predecessor but emphasizes cracking down on illegal immigrants who commit non-immigration crimes and on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has reviewed these Bush administration policies:
-- Operation Streamline. A "zero-tolerance" program that charges all people caught illegally crossing parts of the U.S.-Mexico border. This program will continue.
-- Secure Communities. Seeks to deport dangerous illegal immigrant criminals by checking the immigration status of all people in local jails. This program will expand.
-- Work site raids may continue, but the government will give priority to prosecuting employers, and workers will not be detained without indictments, warrants or a commitment from prosecutors to target managers.
-- No-match letters are intended to pressure companies to resolve discrepancies over 8.7 million workers with suspect Social Security numbers or fire those workers. This program was put on hold by a federal judge, and the Obama administration has not indicated it will revive it.
-- E-Verify. An electronic system employers can use to check workers' documents against government databases. This system will be required of federal contractors with contracts over $100,000 unless Obama halts the expansion.