The push-me, pull-me fight over the Immigration Worker Protection Act in California still drags on. In 2017 the state passed a law to limit how employers can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. For all practical purposes it highlights the country’s inability to address illegal immigration in a rational way.
The Trump Administration began its crackdown on immigration on January 21, 2017, the day after inauguration. Trump signed three executive orders in the next five days that expanded use of detention, limited access to asylum and increased enforcement along the US-Mexico border. Simultaneously raids on employers have soared. The number of raids tripled in the last year and it looks like they will triple again in the next year.
A raid on an employer means that Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) enter the company’s property to check required paperwork and to arrest undocumented workers. Employers who depend on immigrants to meet their staffing needs lose employees. This hamstrings their ability to meet customers’ needs and sustain their companies.
The immigrant employees end up in detention where they contribute nothing to the economy while they wait months, even years, for a hearing. Others move into the shadows, working for cash. This is especially common in industries like construction, where skills are highly portable. Thus, companies that attempted to hire people legitimately and pay taxes must then compete with companies that sidestep the rules and pay in cash.
Immigration reforms that combine economic realities, compassion and common sense continue to be elusive. This strands employers who face a choice between their business needs and ham-handed actions by ICE.
Here is an interesting thought. The man elected because many believe a businessman is needed in the Oval Office, doesn’t get how immigration extremism harms employers.
If you were arrested during an employer raid and put into detention, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. may be able to help. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Please call our office at (510) 756-4468 to see how we can help you!