ICE Crackdown in LA
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been threatening to crackdown on companies that try to skirt immigration law with their employment practices. Now the threats are becoming reality. ICE is conducting raids on businesses and making arrests in a clear bid to show they mean business.
Wayne Haddox, 67, owner of Masters in Metal, Inc. in Oxnard, Calif., and his son, Dennis Haddox, 37, who serves as the company’s vice president, were taken into custody Thursday morning by ICE HSI agents. As part of the enforcement action, agents also executed a federal search warrant at the business seeking evidence in ICE HSI’s ongoing investigation into the company’s hiring practices.
Specifically, these arrests come on the heels of an ICE HSI audit of Master in Metal, Inc.’s hiring records. The message is clear – employers need to be ready to prove they are in compliance with hiring laws. And when companies aren’t in compliance, the people in charge will be held liable.
“As these cases make clear, we intend to hold employers who knowingly hire an illegal workforce accountable for their actions,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Los Angeles. “Employers who flout the law not only fuel the demand that is responsible for much of the country’s illegal immigration, but their actions also hurt lawful workers who are seeking jobs in this challenging economy.”
More than ever businesses that want to stay in compliance with immigration laws are looking for a solution, like the I-9 Audit services provided by Form I-9 Compliance. A formal audit, coupled with the electronic I-9 and E-Verify processing, will bring peace of mind in the present and in the future.
Judging from the recent ICE raids, it will be more important than ever to be compliant with immigration law. Don’t wait until , because that may be too late!