President Barack Obama shifted immigration enforcement policy to crack down on employers rather than undocumented workers.
A lot has changed since President Barack Obama shifted immigration enforcement policy to crack down on employers rather than undocumented workers. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 annually since 2011. The average number of company owners and managers arrested annually has drastically increased to more than 200 a year for the past four years, according to data provided by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
This is a list of some of those employers who were charged with criminal wrong doing as discussed in Press Releases by ICE: (Cases from 2013 to the present are still under investigation and not included.)
Federal criminal charges have been filed against a Van Nuys manufacturing company in Los Angeles and one of its owners for hiring unauthorized alien workers and repeatedly taking steps to cover up the illegal hiring in an effort to retain the workers.
A series of arrests and search warrants at several restaurants and residences in Maine has resulted in charges against 10 individuals who were taken into custody by special agents with ICE and HSI (Homeland Security Investigations).
A manager at a specialty pallet and box manufacturing company in northwest Detroit was arrested by agents with ICE and HSI on criminal charges of knowingly accepting false documentation in the course of hiring undocumented workers.
A metal fabrication business in Utah was criminally indicted on 10 counts of harboring illegal aliens. The company’s human resources director was indicted for encouraging or inducing illegal aliens to remain in the United States, and subsequently pled guilty.
The married owners a Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Oacoma, S.D., were sentenced several years in prison each after a federal jury found them guilty of peonage (involuntary servitude), visa fraud, making false statements and conspiracy.
Seven managers were criminally charged with crimes including: knowingly hiring illegal aliens, transporting and harboring illegal aliens, and conspiring to transport illegal aliens. All seven have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Five additional managers were indicted in February of 2008 for similar crimes and are awaiting trial.
2015 Deportation (removal) of Illegal Immigrants Overview
- ICE conducted 235,413 removals.
- ICE conducted 69,478 removals of individuals apprehended by ICE officers (i.e., interior removals).
- 63,539 (91%) of all interior removals were previously convicted of a crime.
- ICE conducted 165,935 removals of individuals apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
- 59% of all ICE removals, or 139,368, were previously convicted of a crime.
- ICE conducted 63,539 interior criminal removals.
- ICE removed 75,829 criminals apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
- 98 percent of all ICE FY 2015 removals, or 230,715, met one or more of ICE’s stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.
- Of the 96,045 individuals removed who had no criminal conviction, 94 percent, or 90,106, were apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
- The leading countries of origin for removals were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
- 1,040 individuals removed by ICE were classified as suspected or confirmed gang members.