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Biden Dismantles the Ban on Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas attends a news conference along with U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz, in Brownsville, Texas, August 12, 2021. (Go Nakamura/Reuters)

A new memo from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on worksite enforcement of immigration laws garnered some media and political attention because it prohibits ICE from conducting worksite raids for illegal aliens. But the memo is more than just the latest in a series of anti-immigration-enforcement directives by this administration. Rather, it represents the Left’s rejection of the very concept of illegal employment.

Step back to 1986, when President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The law was structured as a grand bargain that exchanged amnesty for settled illegal aliens in exchange for a first-ever prohibition against the employment of

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