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ICE Plans to Step Up Workplace Enforcement in 2018

ICE Plans to Step Up Workplace Enforcement in 2018

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan has vowed to boost workplace enforcement efforts by four to five times the current rate. Homan hopes to achieve this goal by increasing workplace enforcement to prosecute employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants and detain the undocumented workers. In 2014, ICE arrested 541 individuals on immigration charges and 362 individuals on criminal charges in connection with workplace raids. These figures continued a downward trend that began in 2011. Likewise, between 2013 and 2016, employer audits by ICE fell from a high of 3,127 to a low of 1,279. This downward trend occurred largely because of the Obama’s administration focus on deporting undocumented individuals with criminal records rather than undocumented workers. Businesses nationwide are already experiencing the impact of an immigration crackdown. Last summer, ICE agents audited Cloverhill Bakery in Chicago, resulting in about 800 undocumented workers – or one-third of its entire workforce – being let go for using false or stolen identification documents. As a result, Cloverhill recorded its first losses since 2014, fell behind on orders, and lost major customers. Workplace enforcement is only one facet of ICE’s multifaceted approach to immigration enforcement. By increasing employer I-9 audits and workplace raids, they hope to punish undocumented workers and the employers who employ them. Another example of ICE’s widespread workplace raids is the recent assault on more than 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide, which netted 21 arrests of individuals suspected to be present in the U.S. with no legal immigration status. In 2017, ICE audited 1,360 U.S. businesses, resulting in 71 indictments and 55 convictions. Civil penalties for each violation can range from $548 to $21,916, as well as jail time. When you or a loved one are detained and face deportation for any reason, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is here to help. We care about you, your family, and your ability to remain in the U.S. As a result, our California deportation defense lawyers stand ready to build the strongest possible deportation defense case on your behalf. Contact your Oakland immigration lawyer today and learn how we can advocate for you and your family in your deportation proceedings.

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