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Enforcement of U.S. immigration law leads to more investigations

When individuals hear about government crackdowns in relation to immigration, it can cause people in California and other areas to feel a sense of anxiety. Many people who work and live in the country may not have every aspect of their immigration affairs in order. As a result, they may fear that they could face deportation with greater enforcement of U.S. immigration law.

It was recently reported that, since a directive was implemented to take greater steps to ensure that businesses were complying with immigration law, the number of worksite investigations for this year had already surpassed last year's investigations. In fact, the investigations that have taken place so far have already doubled the number that were carried out during the entirety of the last fiscal year. The months included in this current portion of the fiscal year are from October of last year to May 4.

The reported purpose of these investigations is to ensure that employers are taking the proper steps to verify their workers' identities and employment eligibility. During this type of investigation, employers are notified of a pending investigation, and they must provide the requested documentation. If employers are found to have knowingly taken part in illegal employment practices, they could face fines and possible criminal charges.

When immigration officials start taking closer looks at employment records and coming to places of employment, it can put employers and employees on edge. If workers in California fear that enforcement officials could have reason to detain or otherwise question them, they may want to ensure that their affairs are in order. Individuals who may need assistance in handling their paperwork or other aspects of their cases may wish to speak with U.S. immigration law attorneys.

Source: ice.gov, "ICE worksite enforcement investigations already double over last year", May 14, 2018

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