The owners and three managers of Action Rags USA, a used clothing plant in Houston, have been charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants and inducing illegal immigrants to come to the United States.
According to a criminal complaint, owners Mabarik Kahlon and Rasheed Ahmed, managers Cirila Barron and Valerie Rodriguez, and warehouse supervisor Mayra Herrera-Gutierrez engaged in a pattern and practice of hiring illegal immigrants to work at the plant and knowingly accepted false documents as proof of citizenship for those workers.
The criminal charges come after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted a workplace raid on June 25, arresting more than 160 suspected illegal immigrants. According to ICE, the arrested immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras must appear before a federal immigration judge in Houston, who will determine whether they may stay in the United States.
Final tip: Now is a good time to remind all managers and supervisors that failing to follow immigration laws is a criminal offense, punishable with possible prison time and large fines. They need to know that corporations don’t do prison time—managers and supervisors do.
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