On October 7, 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested approximately 300 unauthorized workers at a South Carolina poultry processing plant. A human resources manager at the plant faces criminal charges for I-9 violations, and 11 supervisors will be criminally prosecuted for aggravated identity theft and for making false statements to ICE officials.
This raid is just one example of ICE’s intensified focus on investigating and prosecuting worksite immigration violations. These raids are aimed not only at unauthorized or undocumented workers, but also at supervisors, human resources professionals, and high-level executives. These individuals are often surprised to learn that they may be the target of an ICE raid or enforcement action, believing that such actions are only targeting the “illegals” or “undocumented” members of the workforce.