What Em­ploy­ers Need To Know About Im­mi­gra­tion Raids on their Premises

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Restau­rant own­ers and op­er­a­tors aren’t usu­ally ex­perts in con­duct­ing eval­u­a­tions of work au­tho­riza­tion doc­u­ments. Ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter, roughly 20 per­cent of cooks in restau­rants na­tion­wide and around 30 per­cent of dish­wash­ers may be un­doc­u­mented work­ers. His­tor­i­cally, restau­rants have been tar­gets of U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment raids, and as the new ad­min­is­tra­tion broad­ens the en­force­ment pri­or­i­ties, more raids are to oc­cur.

An ICE raid could lead to civil and crim­i­nal charges. It is es­sen­tial to con­sult le­gal coun­sel on such mat­ters. Here’s an over­view which pro­vides restau­rant own­ers and op­er­a­tors with ba­sic con­sid­er­a­tions in case of a pos­si­ble raid.

Iden­tify a first re­spon­der who will in­ter­act with the raid of­fice while they are on your premises.

Ad­vise your em­ploy­ees to not block or in­ter­fere as the ICE of­fi­cers con­duct their ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sug­gest em­ploy­ees that they can con­tact the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU) if they have any ques­tions about their rights.

Be sure you ask the ICE for the search war­rant and check that it is

prop­erly signed.

Con­tact your at­tor­ney im­me­di­ately, although the ICE of­fi­cers will not de­lay the raid to wait for your at­tor­ney.

Do not en­gage in any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties such as hid­ing em­ploy­ees, or aid­ing in their es­cape from the premises, or deny­ing the pres­ence of em­ploy­ees, shred­ding doc­u­ments or pro­vid­ing mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion. Con­tact the fam­i­lies of any de­tained worker, de­brief your em­ploy­ees and make notes for your at­tor­ney.

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