The Corner

Illegal Immigration — The Chill Effect

Mark: I agree, it is a scandal that the feddle gummint will not fulfil its

responsibilites in the matter of illegal immigration. As that San Diego

registry shows, though, there are a great many things that lesser actors can

do to “chill” the appeal of illegal immigration. Since many illegals work

in domestic service, home improvement, landscaping, and the like, here is

another avenue we might explore. If an illegal immigrant is injured while

working on private property, instead of absorbing the costs of his treatment

(which they cannot reclaim from state Workmen’s Comp schemes since the

worker is not covered), hospitals and municipalities shoudl sue the property

owner to recover those costs. A few well-publicized prosecutions like

this — even unsuccessful ones, which could still cost the defendant a

bundle of money in legal fees — would have homeowners clamoring for

guarantees from home-service contractors that their workforce does not

include illegal entrants.

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