Organized Crime?

The Teamsters Union gets set to fight US immigration agents. Mostly this is within the law -- they're training to know their maximal rights in resisting warrants of various kinds -- but these numbers are striking. (Not the Teamsters. The Teamsters are not striking.)
[T]he organization — which covers a variety of fields, including airlines, truckers, dairy farmers and more — also has a sizable share of immigrant workers, roughly a third, 40,000.

After what happened to Garcia — one of many recent forced deportations — worry ran through Teamster shops, Miranda said....

Spinelli paid particular attention because many of his members — immigrants who work at a Long Island dairy farm — were profoundly shaken when federal agents raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores last month in a search for undocumented workers.

“We deliver all the dairy to all the 7-Eleven stores in the city — you can imagine how scared some of these guys are,” he said.
Surely this is an indication that the third of Teamsters who are immigrants includes a lot of unlawful immigrants? How far can the union go in organized efforts to prevent enforcement of the law before it is a criminal conspiracy to aid and abet the violation of immigration laws? Lawyers among you are invited to reply. I assume that legal rights are legal rights no matter what, but this seems like a clear-cut case of trying to (as they say on the Left) 'obstruct justice.' I suppose it's legal to obstruct justice as long as you do no more than insist upon your rights.

And it sounds as if the law is itself a part of the conspiracy to avoid enforcement: "Employers also have the right to three days’ notice if the feds instigate what’s known as an I-9 probe — basically, a review of employees’ working papers, Cortés said."


Assistant Village Idiot said...

They likely do have many illegals. However, it is politically advantageous to liberals that immigrants be told they are all at risk.

E Hines said...

I'm not totally averse to the 3-day notice of an I-9 audit, if for no other reason than that smalll businesses might well need the time to organize their paperwork--they don't have sections of HR to keep that sort of thing up to snuff.

On the other hand, I wonder how many of those Teamster unionized small businesses can handle the equivalent of a 3-day strike by a significant fraction of their work force as the illegal aliens among them disappear for those three days of audit. Or an extended strike as those I-9s identify many of the illegal aliens, and those are afraid to come back to work.

Eric Hines