The eight workers came from Ethiopia, Nigeria, El Salvador, Mexico and the Philippines. All but one had entered America legally, but overstayed their visas or did not have green cards. Three workers had green cards or were legal residents, ICE explained in a press release, but they had "criminal convictions that render them deportable."
The raid got Olson's attention. "I was totally floored," he told me, but his "suspicions were confirmed." So he began his quest to find government agencies that want to comply with immigration law. He calls it the Diogenes Honesty Search -- as he is looking for government agencies that show an honest commitment to comply with immigration law.
He wants readers to know they, too, can ask local officials if they are using the free Basic Pilot program. Personally, I can think of no reason for local governments not to use Basic Pilot -- unless they want to break the law. If those elected or appointed to administer laws do not themselves respect the law, why should voters respect them?
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