A high-profile harboring case against a landscaping company owner who employed an illegal immigrant charged with murdering a Houston police officer has heated up the debate over worksite enforcement, says the Houston Chronicle. Prosecutors hailed the arrest of owner Robert Camp as an example of the consequences of harboring or employing illegal immigrants. Some Houston construction officials say the arrest won’t deter the hiring of undocumented workers.
The case raises complicated questions of how much responsibility should residents bear if they hire or help an illegal immigrant who later commits a serious crime. Due to the agency’s limited manpower and long list of duties, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said worksite enforcement cases are selected for their potential for widespread harm to the public. Ihe Camp case the usual guidelines don’t apply, said ICE official Robert Rutt. ”A police officer died because someone hired an illegal alien,” he said. ”And when a person dies, a policeman, another public servant, or an average citizen, the normal prosecution thresholds are deviated from.”