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August 01, 2006

U.S. Puts Onus on Employers of Immigrants

Here is an article detailing new enforcement tactics by ICE;

By Julia Preston, New York Times; Published: July 31, 2006

"Cincinnati, July 30 — Immigration agents had prepared a nasty surprise for the Garcia Labor Company, a temporary worker contractor, when they moved against it on charges of hiring illegal immigrants. They brought a 40-count federal indictment, part of a new nationwide strategy by immigration officials to clamp down on employers of illegal immigrant laborers.

Maximino Garcia, the president of the company, which provides low-wage laborers to businesses from Pennsylvania to Texas, stood before a federal judge here on Tuesday to answer conspiracy charges of aiding illegal immigrants and money laundering. If convicted, Mr. Garcia, who pleaded not guilty, could serve 20 years in jail and forfeit his headquarters building and $12 million.

The criminal charges against Mr. Garcia and his company were brought by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security. The campaign has included at least five other federal indictments of business executives in Ohio and Kentucky and has sent payroll managers rushing to re-examine their workers’ papers and rethink plans for their work force".

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/31/us/31immig.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 1, 2006 07:48 AM

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