ICE Raids Hit Home Here in Marin

One of our own Marin County residents, Hugo Mejia, was taken into custody and he is now being denied an immigration hearing. 
Hugo Mejia, of San Rafael, and Rodrigo Nunez, of Hayward — both undocumented immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, who have been in the United States for more than a decade — were set to start a new construction project May 3 at a hospital on the Fairfield base. They were detained after a military official discovered they did not have valid Social Security numbers during a routine identification screening and reported them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They remain in expedited deportation proceedings after being denied immigration hearings Tuesday, according to their attorney and local immigration activists. (Marin IJ 6-1-17)

What can you do as employers to protect your valuable employees? Educate your employees on what their rights are. If ICE comes to the job sit 1) they have a right to remain silent 2) ICE needs to have a warrant singed by a "judge" (not an administrative warrant) for the specific person they are looking for 3) ICE cannot come on private property without a warrant and 4) tell them not to run.
On July 11, 2017, I will be giving another presentation on Employers - How to Prepare  for ICE Raids - at Marin Builders. The presentation will provide you valuable information you can put into effect immediately.

 Prepare for Workplace ICE Audits

Worksite enforcement expected to increase under Trump administration

With President-elect Donald Trump's administration poised to focus on immigration enforcement, employers can avoid big fines by developing a comprehensive I-9 compliance program, which should include training, self-audits and an investigation-day action plan.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has cut back on workplace audits over the last few years, but a recent increase in penalties for immigration-related workplace violations—including the employment of undocumented workers—and a new administrative direction for the agency may result in more investigations.

Employers must properly complete a Form I-9 for each person they hire or they may be subject to criminal and civil sanctions.

Monetary penalties for knowingly hiring and employing undocumented workers range from $375 to $16,000 per violation, with repeat offenders receiving penalties at the higher end. Penalties for technical violations, which include failing to produce a Form I-9, range from $110 to $1,100 per violation.