Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Danielle Bennett told the Washington Examiner that agents have new orders. Workplace enforcement will now target not only illegal immigrant employees but also the employers that hire them.
“While we focus on the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, under the current administration’s enforcement priorities, workers encountered during these investigations who are unauthorized to remain in the United States are also subject to administrative arrest and removal from the country.”
In addition, acting ICE Director Thomas Homan stated that the agency will increase their enforcement at businesses to four or five times the current level. This will include “conducting more I-9 audits.”
“We’re taking worksite enforcement very hard this year. We’ve already increased the number of inspections and worksite operations, you’re going to see that significantly increase this next fiscal year.”
I-9 forms verify the identity and employment status of a potential hire. They are necessary for non-native Americans. Numbers provided to the Washington Examiner indicate that enforcement has initially declined under President Trump. This week’s announcement is proof that trend is changing.
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Beginning October 1, 2016 until June 24, 2017, 42 managers and 55 non-management employees were arrested by ICE. All but 15 of them were indicted for criminal immigration violations and convicted. Obama was in charge for the first three months so those must be accounted to him. Either way, it is quite a significant reduction from that past few years. 2011 had the highest amount of arrests in recent history; 221 managers and 492 in non-management for a total of 713.
ICE officials have not described what industries commit the majority of violations or if certain states are more liable to be in violation. However, Bennett says they are aiming to level the field, “All businesses, regardless of size, industry or geographic location, are expected to comply with the law.”
Source: Washington Examiner