From the San Diego Union - Tribune:
[INDENT]A raid targeting illegal immigration led to the arrests of 21 Phoenix-area McDonald's workers Friday, and authorities were still seeking 30 other employees as part of their investigation.
Those arrested during the raid of four McDonald's in Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa were being held on suspicion of identity theft. It will take more time to determine whether any of them are illegal immigrants as officials suspect, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Deputies also searched a mansion in the tony Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley owned by Richard Coulston, who owns the restaurants, Arpaio said. Coulston was not arrested.
The interesting thing is that they weren't arrested for being illegal aliens, but that they were arrested on suspicion of identity theft.
First, I agree with the Church that the employer is far more culpable than the alien if they go and hire the alien for a pittance. And I agree with the statements of Card. McCarrick (I can't believe I am saying this), that the government also has some culpability in that they allow the entry and then only do spot raids (Sheriff Joe might be the exception on this).
In light of that, here's the questions;
*]If, in fact, these are illegal aliens and they did use forged documents with somebody else's identity in order to secure work, are they culpable for the crime of using forged documents (which, I would think would be a sin against the truth...i.e., the 8th commandment)? Or are they excused because of (fill in the blank)
*]If, in fact, these are illegal aliens and they did use forged documents with somebody else's identity in order to secure work, what **moral **culpability does the employer have in regards to hiring them? Or are the employer be excused because of (fill in the blank)
*]Is it morally worse for
*]an illegal alien to work in this country under their own identity (in which case, the only way they could work is to do so on a cash basis, as it is illegal to hire somebody who is not a US national or having the proper work visa)...keeping in mind that most cash labor is not reported for income or social security tax purposes...
*]an illegal alien to attempt to establish a fraudulent identity so that they could work in a regular wage earning job...where taxes are withheld from their paychecks like with anybody else. Keep in mind that in this case, the identity that they assume could be anybody's...including yours.
Just curious on the above.