Under President Trump, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have significantly ramped up workplace raids in 2018 nationwide, issuing I-9 Audit Notices to 5,200 businesses and making 5 times the arrests across the country, including more than 350 individuals in the Los Angeles area. Among those affected are “hard-working parents of U.S. citizen children, people without criminal records, DACA recipients, and longtime community members working to regularize their status” (AILA, July 2018). While workplace audits are an important aspect of ensuring employer compliance, American Imigration Lawer’s Assocaton Second Vice President, Allen Orr says “This is just another political ploy by the administration… at a time when they should be using their resources to reunite these families that were separated at the border.” (AILA Doc. No. 18072511).
AILA has created an interactive map to illustrate a small number of the ICE Actions that have taken place across the country since January 2017, with details on arrests made in specific counties. The national map shows 5,785 reported actions in that time frame, with 505 reported actions Los Angeles County during the same period.
AILA has voiced concern over ICE’s 6,093 workplace investigations in 2018 (up from 1,716 in 2017), and their subsequent 984 ‘administrative’ arrests this year (compared with 172 administrative arrests in 2017). Noting the fear instilled in the undocumented community by the uptick in raids and non-criminal arrests, AILA encourages smart enforcement and resource allocation by targeting community threats and gangs over the targeting of someone “who has lived, worked, and aspired to the American dream” without offering a means of establishing legal status (AILA Doc. No. 18072512, 7/25/2018).