Article by Bryan Howard
December 14, 2018
President Trump and his administration are making good on their promise of pushing America first in business, by cracking down on illegal alien workers being hired. In the year of 2018 we saw a 640% increase in illegal worker arrests from 2017.
According to Breitbart News, “In Fiscal Year 2018, ICE made nearly 780 criminal arrests and 1,525 administrative worksite-related arrests, a more than 640 percent increase compared to Fiscal Year 2017. Likewise, ICE opened more than 6,800 worksite investigations this year, a more than 300 percent increase compared to the year before.”
ICE Official Derek Benner stated, “Reducing illegal employment helps build another layer of border security, and reduces the continuum of crime that illegal labor facilitates, from the human smuggling networks that facilitate illegal border crossings to the associated collateral crimes, like identity theft, document and benefit fraud and worker exploitation.”
“Employers who use an illegal workforce as part of their business model put businesses that do follow the law at a competitive disadvantage,” Benner said.
Benner finished, “These laws help protect jobs for U.S. citizens and others who are lawfully employed, reduce the incentive of illegal migration, eliminate unfair competitive advantages for companies that hire an illegal workforce, and ultimately help strengthen public safety and national security.”
Many of the cases are still pending, but at this point 72 managers have been indited and 49 were convicted of hiring illegal workers. Businesses were penalized with $10.2 million in fines, forfeitures, and restitution. These numbers are likely to increase since they have not finished investigations into the thousands of open cases.