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Federal Immigration Officials to Halt the Practice of Workplace Raids Targeting Illegal Workers

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz answers questions during a press conference at the City of Del Rio International Bridge with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Monday Sept. 20, 2021. Credit: Imagn.

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal immigration agents will stop making mass worksite arrest of immigrants employees suspected of living in the U.S. without legal permission. Instead, agencies will instead target employers accused of hiring illegal workers.

Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas,  issued guidance Tuesday saying the agency would cease such targeted enforcement which has “not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers.”

Mass raids were common under former President Donald Trump, including a 2019 operation targeting seven Mississippi chicken processing plants. Instead, Mayorkas wants immigration agencies to focus on going after employers who hire workers without proper authorization by increasing penalties and coordinating with other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor.

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