In 2004, ICE issued three notices of intent to seek fines against employers for knowingly hiring illegals -- compared with more than 400 by the now-defunct U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in 1999, Richard M. Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), told the subcommittee.
"Issues of national security have been the focus of ICE investigations, and while none of us wants to see another September 11, work-site enforcement has been discouraged," Mr. Stana
said."Fines are often negotiated so low they are viewed by employers as a cost of doing business instead of a punishment."Certainly there has been a dispiriting among ICE agents who see fines reduced and the illegal aliens who are taken out of the workplace released to find new jobs because there is no detention space to hold them," he