Friday, December 6, 2019
The Bush administration employed some large workplace raids, such as the 2008 raid of a food processing plant in Postville Iowa, in it s immigration enforcement program. The Obama administration did not focus on workplace enforcement in its immigration enforcement efforts. The Trump administration is moving in a very different direction.
Investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement opened about four times the number of workplace investigations in the fiscal year ended September 30 compared with the close of the Obama administration, while starting fewer probes into gangs, weapons and financial crimes, according to new figures the agency provided to The Wall Street Journal. Homeland Security Investigations, the ICE arm that carries out criminal investigations, opened 6,812 new workplace cases in the 2019 fiscal year, up from 1,701 during fiscal 2016. The agency made 2,048 administrative arrests, primarily of undocumented immigrants, up roughly 500 from the year before.