Rich Tucker

This is a local problem as well. The town of Herndon, Va. is inundated with day laborers. They gather at a convenience store and wait for employers to offer them jobs. The town, resigned to the idea that it can’t prevent the workers from gathering, is considering whether to set aside a designated gathering place. “Our choice is between having a regulated site and an unregulated site,” Mayor Michael L. O'Reilly told The Washington Post. “Given those options, I’m in favor of a regulated site.”

The paper noted that, “an unknown number of [the day laborers] are in the country illegally.” But the only reason we don’t know how many of those waiting for jobs are illegals is because we haven’t checked.

Here’s a simple solution: Local police should take note of the license plate number every time a car picks up day laborers. Pass that information along to the IRS to see if the driver filed 1099 forms for the laborers he hired. The attraction of hiring day laborers is that employers can pay them cash. No questions asked, no forms filed.

But federal law requires that employers collect Social Security taxes on everyone they employ. Crack down on the employers, force them to check for Social Security numbers, and you’ll drastically cut down on the number of illegal immigrants getting jobs.

“This country has a great Constitution. It’s supposed to be justice for all. Some people think it’s just justice for them,” Lucio Escobar, a 47-year-old Herndon resident who immigrated from El Salvador 30 years ago, told the Post.

 Well, the Constitution does guarantee justice for all -- all U.S. citizens. It’s time for Congress to get serious about protecting our borders and cracking down on illegal immigration. Until lawmakers do that, their discussions about protecting the Constitution will amount to little more than hot air.

Rich Tucker

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