The Corner

Changing Expectations

This is the kind of change in behavior steady immigration enforcement will bring about:

For years, immigrant rights groups had been confident the meatpacking giants were so powerful immigration agents would never raid them.

But since the Dec. 12 sweeps at Swift plants in six states, immigrant advocacy groups have been holding workshops, teaching undocumented workers how to prepare for their arrests by doing such things as drawing up legal documents so someone could care for their children and handle their financial affairs.

If there’s an amnesty, or if the White House stops the current enforcement effort (but I repeat myself), then it will be back to business as usual. But if we keep it up, and expand it, we’ll start seeing significant attrition in the illegal alien population.

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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