Homeland Security Secretary Alexandro Murcas on Tuesday issued new orders to stop the ICE from pursuing large numbers of illegal immigrants in the workplace, saying it was a waste of resources and indeed a dishonest employer. Helps to abuse unauthorized workers.
Mr Murcas said he wanted his department’s three immigration agencies to come up with new strategies to target employers while leaving illegal immigrants unhindered.
But those solutions are in the future. For now, he said, “massive workplaces” must be closed.
Announcing the changes, Mr Murcas wrote in a memo: “The deployment of large-scale work site operations, sometimes the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, did not focus on the most dangerous aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge.
He also urged U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to use judicial discretion to dismiss cases against illegal immigrants who the Labor Department says are witnesses to victimization or exploitation in the workplace.
Large-scale website arrests, called “raids” by immigration rights activists, have long been controversial.
Security experts say they are important to protect employers and workers by making it clear that illegal employment will not be tolerated in the country.
Immigrant rights activists say the actions affect life in the communities where they live, especially for the children of illegal immigrants who in some cases return home from school to find their parents. Are
Mr Murcas also said on Tuesday that employers use arrest threats to maintain control of illegal immigrant workers and prevent them from whistling on low-paying or unsafe working conditions.
The ICE made headlines in 2019 when it issued warrants at seven Mississippi agricultural processing plants, arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants and prosecuted some managers and supervisors. It was the largest single state site implementation process in the country’s history.
The ICE said about 6,680 illegal immigrant workers were arrested – and 403 of them were working using social security numbers stolen from legal residents.