Fulfilling a pledge President Obama made during the 2008 campaign, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its immigration enforcement activities will target employers that hire undocumented workers instead of focusing on arresting and deporting the workers.
The new emphasis should put employers on notice: Expect to pay a high price if you shortcut employment eligibility verification processes.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will focus on criminal prosecution of employers that knowingly hire illegal workers. A DHS statement said the goal is “to target the root cause of illegal immigration.”
DHS statistics show that of the more than 6,000 people arrested in 2008 following ICE workplace investigations, just 135 were employers.
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