"Any person who ... encourages or induces an alien to ... reside ... knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such ... residence is ... in violation of law, shall be punished as provided ... for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs ... fined under Title 18 ... imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both." — From Department of Immigration and Naturalization website.
Since 1929, illegal entry into the United States is a federal crime, up to six months in prison for the first offense and 20 years for the second offense. Hiring illegal immigrants carries a maximum penalty under federal statute of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Because these laws are not being enforced, Arizona recently enacted very harsh penalties in order to crack down on illegal immigrants. Now Arizona is getting a lot of heat from our president and others.
On May 1, President Barack Obama condemned Arizona law that requires all migrants to carry documentation (note: the federal law already requires that).
What is it that people don’t understand?
It is a felony to enter this country illegally and there are currently more than 22 million illegal aliens in this country, with more entering every day.
They are draining our resources, our tax dollars and creating a massive financial burden on the taxpayers.
We need to secure our borders, now.
Legal immigration is welcome in this country, but illegal immigration is ruining us and should be stopped.
Mary Jane Newell, South Paris