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Old September 23, 2005, 01:00 AM   #13
RWK
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Location: Occupied Virginia
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A couple quick points to help answer your questions:

1) It is my understanding that local/state law enforcement cannot arrest an illegal resident for immigration violations. If he is detained for some other reason, he can then be referred to the Federal (ICE) authorities for probable expulsion, but your local cop simply cannot demand to see a "green card" (or other documentation) without cause (I could be wrong about this, in which case I hope others will educate me).

2) There is LOTS of CASH ONLY, off-the-books, labor in our economy (violating tax laws, among other statutes and regulations, of course); this provides income to illegals without any requirements for documentation (and frequently without a social security number, without workman’s compensation coverage, or without any other formal employment legal benefits/guarantees).
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