HR Manager Among Those Charged in Immigration Raids

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer August 18, 2020
ICE arresting man

​Four executives—including an HR manager—from two Mississippi poultry processing plants have been indicted on federal charges related to hiring and employing undocumented workers. The announcements come on the one-year anniversary of the largest U.S. workplace immigration raids in the past decade. On Aug. 7, 2019, 680 people were arrested at seven plants around Jackson, Miss.

We've rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online and other outlets about the news.

Management Charged

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that four executives have been charged with various counts, including "harboring illegal aliens," "assisting illegal aliens in obtaining false Social Security cards" and making false statements to law enforcement officials.

The raids thus far have brought 126 indictments, 117 criminal arrests and 73 convictions. The investigation continues, according to ICE.

(Associated Press)

HR Alleged to Be Complicit

The HR manager at one of the plants was indicted on six felony counts of harboring people who were in the U.S. illegally, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, she faces a maximum of up to 84 years in prison and $2.25 million in fines.

(FOX News)

Employers Often Not Charged with Illegal Hiring

The Mississippi immigration raids brought up a long-standing question, especially in an era of increased worksite enforcement: Why aren't employers often charged for hiring unauthorized workers?

(SHRM Online)

Arrests of Undocumented Workers Rose in 2019

Arrests of undocumented immigrant workers increased in fiscal year 2019 compared to the previous year. The agency's focus on workplace enforcement has intensified during the Trump administration and worksite arrests have increased significantly, even as immigration worksite investigations dropped slightly last year, according to ICE data.

(SHRM Online)


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