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ICE raids lead to workplace arrests

Besides tourism, one of the biggest reasons immigrants come to America is to find work. While there are many legal avenues to accomplish this endeavor, not all foreign nationals go through the legal channels to obtain a work visa to relocate to the United States for a period of time. Thus, immigrants could face deportation if they do not have the proper paperwork and visa to work in the U.S. Even if they have taken the proper and legal steps to come to America and work in a certain industry, an immigrant could still be questioned about the validity of these documents.

According to recent reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has dramatically increased their enforcement in the workplace, finding a growing number of workplace violations over the past seven months. ICE has made the most arrests in five years, which has caused the number of open investigations to double. While this initiative is owed to the Trump administration, immigration advocates have made accusations that the administration has violated the Constitutional rights of detainees and have created an environment of fear in the immigrant community.

Seven months ago, a directive was issued that increased enforcement at workplaces. The goal was to ensure culture compliance. As a means to curb illegal immigration, the goal is to uphold the laws and make it harder for illegals to get jobs with the hope that they would not even relocate to the U.S.

Although there are a wide variety of reasons to come to the United States, most relocate to the country for employment opportunities. However, these raids are devastating for individuals, families and communities. Thus, immigration advocates are working to ensure that the rights of these individuals are protected, as there are mechanisms to defend against deportation.

When immigrants seek to work in the U.S., it is important to have the proper visas. Whether they need to get renewed or a person has overstayed his or her visa, this could invalidate a work visa. It could also cause an immigrant to face deportation. Therefore, it is important to understand how to move forward with this process, protecting your ability to remain in the country for work.

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