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DHS Steps Up Worksite Enforcement Efforts Against Employers

Thursday, April 30, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

Updated worksite enforcement guidance instructing agents to take aim at employers and supervisors who knowingly hire illegal workers is expected to be issued today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Under these guidelines, agents are instructed to target employers and supervisors for prosecution “through the use of carefully planned criminal investigations.”

According to Department officials, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will continue to arrest and process for removal any illegal workers who are found in the course of these worksite enforcement actions in a manner consistent with immigration law and DHS priorities.

 Among the most significant of the new guidelines is one in which agents are instructed to “obtain indictments, criminal arrest or search warrants, or a commitment from a U.S. attorney’s office to prosecute the targeted employer, before arresting employees for civil immigration violations at a work site.”

To view the DHS Fact Sheet on the new enforcement strategies, click here: www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/49290

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