(CNSNews.com) – Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the author of six best-selling books, said the way to curtail illegal immigration is to reduce the incentive to come to the United States by removing “all the goodies,” and particularly by charging employers who hire illegal aliens, for a second time, with a “criminal offense.”
Currently, employers who hire illegal immigrants can face a variety of fines, ranging from $200 to $2,000 per illegal worker on a first offense, and $2000-$5000 on a second offense. For a third offense or more, the fines can range from $3,000 to $10,000 per employee.
In remarks at the Western Conservative Summit on July 19, Dr. Carson touched on illegal immigration, saying, “You have to reduce the incentive for people to want to come here. That’s how you fix the problem. I guarantee you that if you remove all the goodies, people will find a way to get out of here just like they found a way to get in here.”
“And one of the most important parts of that are the employers,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, the second offense, if you hire someone who’s not here legally, should be a criminal offense – and they should be treated as such. Absolutely.”
Dr. Carson’s latest book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, is a New York Times best seller. His 2012 book, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, was also a NYT's best seller.
Carson is the former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and a former professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics. He and his wife, Candy, established the Carson Scholars Fund to provide scholarships for hard-working students, "academic role models," in fourth through eleventh grade.
The Western Conservative Summit, which occurs annually, is a three-day event that hosts leading conservative speakers and conducts workshops for citizen-activists and students interested in learning about the conservative movement.