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Podcast: Massive ICE Raid Raises Troubling Issues for Employers

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents carried out what's been called the largest statewide workplace enforcement action in the nation's history in arresting 680 undocumented workers at several Mississippi food processing plants this summer. ICE also seized records from the companies that employed these workers.

This podcast examines what's next for employers amidst this heightened enforcement climate with Littler shareholder Jorge Lopez, who chairs the firm's Global Mobility and Immigration Practice Group. Lopez discussed what HR can do to stay prepared for I-9 audits and stressed the importance of being proactive in showing good faith regarding compliance issues.

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According to Lopez, the industries most at risk of similar raids to what occurred in Mississippi include but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture;
  • Construction;
  • Hospitality; and
  • Manufacturing.

Additional Resources

Form I-9 - Supervisor Briefing

How to Respond to a US Department of Labor Audit

Will Mississippi Employers Face Charges After Massive ICE Raid?