Bradley attorney Keith Anderson was quoted in Material Handling & Logistics on what employers should do if immigration officials raid their business. The Trump administration’s tougher immigration policies have meant increased government audits and workplace raids.
Anderson stressed that recent workplace raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in different parts of the country show the agency is not just targeting criminals. “These raids suggest a broader approach under the Trump administration with ICE making so-called ‘collateral arrests’—checking employee papers during raids and detaining anyone who is undocumented.”
In the past, ICE has given notice of a prospective audit, but Anderson said recent enforcement efforts were unannounced and reflect an expansive shift. Knowing how to prepare for such a surprise visit is crucial for employers, he noted. These raids can result in heavy civil penalties for employers and even potential prison time for knowingly employing undocumented workers.
If ICE does pay a visit to a worksite, remember that agents must have a warrant to enter a business or arrest an employee.
“You should not panic or refuse to speak to them, but you and your employees do have the right to remain silent and speak to a lawyer,” Anderson advised.
The complete article, “What an Employer Should Do When Immigration Officers Raid Your Business,” appeared in Material Handling & Logistics on July 5, 2017.