The Catch-22 of Immigration Reform

The Catch-22 of Immigration Reform

Nowrasteh letter to the editor in The New York Times
April 17, 2008

To the Editor:

Your April 17 editorial effectively demonstrated the threat that the SAVE Act and the New Employment Verification Act pose to American workers. But there’s another casualty of these proposed laws that must be mentioned: security.

Should these bills pass, they would force millions into the black market, creating a vast job network that could employ potential terrorists and criminals. Legal markets are hard enough for the government to watch, but black markets are impossible.

Millions of foreign or domestic criminals could hide in our labor black markets if these laws pass. These costs must be considered.