Government Cracking Down on Illegal Immigrants Working in the U.S.

Illegal Immigrant Workers More than 2,000 workers have lost their jobs in the Minneapolis area alone in the past 18 months, thanks to widespread immigration audits that are part of a government crack down on illegal immigrants working in the United States.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been stepping up its efforts in the area, beginning audits on at least nine companies in the Twin Cities area. reports that one of the companies, Harvard Maintenance Inc., a New York firm with operations in Minnesota, is being forced to dismiss about 240 cleaners, more than half its local work force, following an I-9 audit of its Twin Cities offices.

Meanwhile, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. was recently the target of an extensive audit, and was forced to fire 450 workers in Minnesota and 40 in Washington DC. More quit voluntarily before they were asked to resign.

The audits are the focal point of a White House strategy to hold employers responsible for illegal workers, rather than prosecuting the workers themselves who are sometimes picked up in worksite raids. There's a definite shift away from arresting undocumented workers, and toward targeting employers who hire them. The government determines which companies to target through information found during audits of company employment records.

The number of these types of audits has jumped more than 50 percent since President Obama came into office, and the average fine has increased about 30 percent. In addition, criminal arrests of employers have increased 45 percent. Of the 196 employers arrested last year, 42 have been sent to prison so far, with many cases still pending.

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Stephen Madrill

and notice they said working unlike the ones in our own goverment!!

April 09 2011 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen Madrill

and this country has done real well treating the american indians, so before you all start calling someone a anchor babies, the first ones where white ok. and you want to talk about illegals you all better check out the story about the alamo. if this country wants a other alamo keep going the you all are going now and this country will have a other civil war. winner take all . quit bragging and check your history and i mean all of it.

April 09 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen Madrill

get rid of the illegals but go ahead fight overseas for a bunch of camel jockies who are raping us on oil.,and oh yeah you all who worried about their human rights,yeah and have mexicans die defended this country, strange how you all forgot about the civil war, and how you all kick them out when war 2 ended, and then act as if maddoff just stole a loaf of bread this country has had more americans who rip us for more money the last ten years the all of time this so called illegals have.

April 09 2011 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The tue.

April 01 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gregory A. Peterson

THIS IS ABSOLUTE BS the US is not cracking down on illegals I could go three or four blocks from my home in Raleigh, NC and load up a couple of busloads of illegal immigrants how is it you figure the US is actually cracking down

March 29 2011 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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