Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Trump Administration Dramatically Increases Immigration Workplace Investigations

REUTERS/Kate Munsch
Worksite immigration enforcement actions have increased dramatically under President Donald Trump’s administration as part of the White House’s crackdown on incentives that drive illegal immigration into the country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) investigative unit opened four times as many worksite inquiries in the 2019 fiscal year than it did at the end of former President Barack Obama’s time in office, according to data obtained by the Wall Street Journal. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations opened a total of 6,812 inquiries in the last fiscal year, a sharp increase from the 1,701 in the 2016 fiscal year.
These worksite enforcement actions target non-citizens who are working in the U.S. illegally and their employers. The increase in inquiries has also led to more apprehensions, with the agency making 2,048 administrative arrests in fiscal year 2019, up from about 500 from the previous year.
REUTERS/Kate Munsch
ICE has broken records in its recent crackdown on illegal employment of foreign nationals. The agency, for example, raided seven different Mississippi food processing plants in August, leading to the arrest of 680 illegal aliens. The bust marked the single largest such raid in U.S. history.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which serves as the investigative branch of ICE, is behind numerous high-profile arrests and raids that extend well beyond immigration-related activity.
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