The following advisement is provided by the Saqui Law Group. While we do not anticipate ICE raids will occur at packinghouses at this time, it is prudent that employers understand what to do should ICE conduct a raid or audit at your operation.
As part of our partnership with the Saqui Law Group, CCM members receive one free hour of legal advisory per year. We encourage our members to take advantage of this free service in advance of any potential legal situation. The purpose of the free hour is to be proactive and protect our business’ from expensive legal actions. To take advantage of this program you can contact the Saqui Law Group directly at (916) 782-8555 or contact the CCM office.
ALERT: ICE delivers on Trump’s Promise with Silent Raids
By: The Saqui Law Group
Following storm delays and other stalls, ICE has started to deliver on President Trump’s directive to ramp up immigration enforcement. Beginning the weekend of July 12, ICE conducted visible street raids and invisible- or “silent”- raids in the workplace. In the streets, ICE conducted a week-long surge throughout San Diego County. ICE apprehended more than a dozen “targeted” individuals with prior immigration and criminal violations as well as “collateral” individuals, people who happen to be present with targets. In the workplace, ICE has issued over 3,000 Notices of Inspection (NOI) initiating Form I-9 audits for companies. This is the most recent surge of “silent” raids over the past two years with an increase of 4,600 audits from FY17 to FY18. Both Acting Director Matthew Albence and local Immigration Enforcement have reiterated focus on employers rather than employees for immigration violations in the workplace.