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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Measures Require Swift Action by Employers

February 9, 2007

In December 2006, federal officials raided Swift & Co. meatpacking facilities in six states, which resulted in the arrests of more than 1,280 workers on alleged identity theft and immigration violations. While this was the most publicized of such employer raids, it is by no means the sole example. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) measures against employers increased three-fold in 2006 compared to 2005, while the number of criminal charges stemming from such federal workplace raids quadrupled to over 700. The following Client Alert suggests steps employers should take to protect their business and their employees.

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