Daily Bread for 10.20.21: Ending ICE Raids at Workplaces

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 70.  Sunrise is 7:15 AM and sunset 6:03 PM for 10h 47m 42s of daytime.  The moon is full with 100% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1803, the United States Senate ratifies (24-7) the Louisiana Purchase.

Free markets include markets in capital, labor, goods, and services.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at workplaces interfere with free labor markets, denying employers willing workers. If the Biden Administration reduces ICE raids at workplaces, then it will be to America’s economic advantage. They should follow this step by also reducing, if not ending, immigration-related actions against employers. (Federal and state governments can  address workplace safety concerns through other agencies without any ICE involvement.) Voluntary, mutual agreements between employers and workers are a worthy exercise of liberty, benefiting both parties to those agreements and the overall economy.

 Nick Miroff reports Biden administration orders halt to ICE raids at worksites:

The Biden administration Tuesday [10.12] ordered a halt to large-scale immigration arrests at job sites, and said it is planning a new enforcement strategy to more effectively target employers who pay substandard wages and engage in exploitative labor practices.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s memo ordered a review of enforcement policies and gave immigration officials 60 days to devise proposals to better protect workers who report on their bosses from facing deportation.

Mass arrest operations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly referred to as ICE raids, have been used primarily against industries that employ large numbers of immigrants, such as meatpacking. Immigrant advocates and many Democrats who oppose the raids say they punish vulnerable workers, sow fear in immigrant communities and rarely result in consequences for employers.

“The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers,” Mayorkas’s memo states.

“These highly visible operations misallocated enforcement resources while chilling, and even serving as a tool of retaliation for, worker cooperation in workplace standards investigations,” it says.

ICE work site enforcement practices have flip-flopped between Republican and Democratic administrations over the years. In 2019, the Trump administration swept up 680 workers at seven poultry and other food processing plants in Mississippi, the largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history. Four managers were later indicted.

 Revealing cancers using a new technology:

Pathologists often use tissue samples and microscopy to help diagnose diseases like cancer. But distinguishing different cells often requires several stages of staining. Now researchers are presenting a new type of microscope slide which uses nanotechnology to change the perceived color of cells without staining them. They say that this could help diagnose diseases like cancer.

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