Last October, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced that 2018 would see a significant increase in worksite related investigations. He pledged a four-fold increase in worksite audits. This seems unsurprising given the Trump campaign and subsequent Trump administration’s focus on reducing or ending illegal immigration to the United States.
In January, ICE announced a new worksite enforcement strategy in conjunction with servicing notices of inspection and the arrest of at least 21 undocumented workers at nearly 100 7-Eleven stores in 17 states across the nation. In February, ICE conducted another targeted operation in Los Angeles to arrest 212 individuals for violating federal immigration laws and to serve 122 notices of inspection to businesses for various compliance violations. In April, ICE conducted a workplace raid in Tennessee pursuant to a criminal search warrant. The employer was suspected of illegally hiring undocumented workers, failure to report wages, and payroll tax violations. The warrant led to the arrest of close to 100 individuals for violations of immigration laws. Continue Reading