• A Houston manufacturing company has been ordered to pay $21 million to settle the government`s case for hiring illegal workers. To date, this is the largest fine on charges of knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants. The government detained 1,187 illegal workers on the company`s payroll at various U.S. locations in April 2006. Additionally, ICE`s investigation indicated that, from 2003 through April 2006, approximately 6,000 illegal workers were employed at the company`s plants nationwide.
  • In January, ICE arrested more than 100 immigration violators during a 5-day raid conducted in several Florida counties. According to ICE`s reports, 24 of the arrested individuals had criminal records for offences ranging from disorderly conduct to aggravated assault, Social Security fraud, burglary and sexual offences.
  • A former restaurant owner in California has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and three years probation based on charges of knowingly hiring illegal workers for his business. The business employed at least 13 undocumented workers during the period of the government`s investigation from June 2006 to Sept. 2008. Six additional defendants were prosecuted in the same case that, per the government`s allegations, involved conspiracy between the restaurant owner and an employment agency, as well as tax evasion.
  • According to its recent report, in 2008, the U.S. Border Patrol finished construction of the first 500 miles of fence along the U.S./Mexico border and had detained more than 700,000 illegal immigrants. The remaining 170 miles of border fence should complete the congressionally approved project, which has already exceeded its initial $2.7 billion budget.