The Washington Post reports the Immigration and Naturalization Service scaled back work-site enforcement by 95% between 1999 and 2003.
Look at how things have changed over the years:
This first chart shows how enforcement has dropped off dramatically in just four years. The numbers for 2003, shown in blue, barely show up in comparison to 1999's numbers.
Number of prosecutions of employers hiring illegals:
Fine notices issued to companies hiring illegals:
1999: 417 companies
2003: 3 companies
The second chart shows how the amount collected in fines has declined just as dramatically over the same time.
Fines collected from companies hiring illegals:
2003: $ 212,000