The Department of Homeland Security has dramatically raised work site enforcement to deter employers from hiring cheap illegal workers.
Since October, the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations unit has checked employment records at 6,093 work sites, up from 1,716 in the prior fiscal year from October 2016 to the end of September 2017. The current pace of checks in 2018 is almost a five-fold increase from the prior year and included 100 stores in the 7-Eleven chain and 77 companies in California.
The agency has made 675 criminal arrests of managers or supervisors, plus 984 administrative arrests of illegals in the last nine months, versus 139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests during the prior 12 months, according to a DHS statement. That is a five-fold increase in criminal arrests and a sixfold increase in administrative arrests.
In 2018, the DHS agency has also conducted several large-scale raids, including a meat packer in Tennessee, and a meat packer and landscaping firm in Ohio.
Amid President Donald Trump’s high-pressure economy, the enforcement actions push employers to fire illegals on their staff and to raise wages for Americans.