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Long Island Wins :: How many fined under Suffolk law?:

Long Island Wins :: How many fined under Suffolk law?

By Pat Young CARECEN January 5, 2009 3:23 PM

I have echoed the media in describing Suffolk’s anti-immigrant laws as more of a way to keep Central Suffolk’s residents riled up against immigrants than as serious laws designed to go after employers. And I have often noted that so far only one employer has been fined under the laws. I was wrong. In fact NO employer has ever been fined under Suffolk’s anti-immigrant laws.

The one employer cited by the county has reached a settlement in which the employer paid a $2,000 “fee” to Suffolk, not a fine. The county was originally trying to get an $18,000 fine, but settled for a “non-fine” to avoid having the law challenged in Federal Court. One would have thought that Levy’s Legal Eagles would have welcomed the chance to defend the County Exec’s brainchild in front of a Federal judge.

Anyway, we have gone through two years of roiling debate and tough anti-immigrant rhetoric, capped by a series of mob attacks on immigrants, and out of all of this we don’t have a single employer found guilty of employing “illegal aliens”.

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I have echoed the media in describing Suffolk’s anti-immigrant laws as more of a way to keep Central Suffolk’s residents riled up against immigrants than as serious laws designed to go after employers. And I have often noted that so far only one employer has been fined under the laws. I was wrong. In fact NO employer has ever been fined under Suffolk’s anti-immigrant laws.

The one employer cited by the county has reached a settlement in which the employer paid a $2,000 “fee” to Suffolk, not a fine. The county was originally trying to get an $18,000 fine, but settled for a “non-fine” to avoid having the law challenged in Federal Court. One would have thought that Levy’s Legal Eagles would have welcomed the chance to defend the County Exec’s brainchild in front of a Federal judge.

Anyway, we have gone through two years of roiling debate and tough anti-immigrant rhetoric, capped by a series of mob attacks on immigrants, and out of all of this we don’t have a single employer found guilty of employing “illegal aliens”.

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