Thanks to the Obama administration that says one thing but does another…worksite audits of illegal hires have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Fewer owners are being arrested, and fewer fines are being collected as well, according to the report, which suggests that even as he offers amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama is giving a similar free pass to ever more businesses who provide the jobs magnet that draws them.
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Through the first five months of this fiscal year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted just 181 workplace audits and brought charges against only 27 employers, putting it on pace for fewer than 500 audits and just 65 arrests this year. That’s less than 15 percent of the total audits conducted in 2013.

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“Employers now face very little risk in hiring illegal workers and have little incentive to abide by the law,” wrote the report author, Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the center.

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Mr. Obama’s administration early on stopped the Bush administration practice of workplace raids, which rounded up illegal immigrants — and which advocacy groups deemed too traumatic for the immigrants and their families.

Instead, the Obama administration began what became known as “virtual raids” — audits of paperwork, to figure out if a business was hiring illegal workers. Done right, it can be effective, Ms. Vaughan said, and it produced results at the beginning of Mr. Obama’s tenure.

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