Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07082263 (posted Aug. 22, 2007)"
On 8/9/07, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Fact Sheet entitled "Worksite Enforcement" which highlights recent ICE enforcement efforts targeted at businesses that employ undocumented immigrants.
Julie Myers, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security at ICE, stated that these "worksite enforcement actions target a key component of the illicit support structure that enables illegal immigration to flourish" and vowed that ICE "will continue to bring all of our authorities to bear in this fight using criminal charges, asset seizures, administrative arrests and deportations."
The Fact Sheet names more than a dozen businesses targeted in the workforce enforcement crackdowns, which range from temporary employment agencies, to textile, construction and food processing plants. It also provides a narrative description of the criminal activities, including the individuals involved, list of charges, fines levied, and number of arrests.
The size of the operations varied significantly, ranging from 12 contract workers at the Camp Joseph T. Robinson Army National Guard Base in North Little Rock, Arkansas being placed in removal proceedings, to the arrest of 160 individuals charged with being unlawfully present in the U.S. at a Fresh Del Monte Produce plant in Portland, Oregon. In the Del Monte case, grand jury indictments were also returned against 10 former workers charged with possession of fraudulent immigration documents.
Read the ICE Workforce Enforcement Fact Sheet for a summary of the more notable operations.