Mississippi Immigration Raids: Consequences for Employers and Employees

In this video attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses recent immigration raids in the state of Mississippi that led to the arrests of 680 undocumented immigrants at several worksite locations across the state.

ICE was able to obtain search warrants prior to the raids, which enabled them to conduct these raids and arrest undocumented workers.

These raids occurred ahead of stricter compliance standards announced by USCIS penalizing employers hiring undocumented workers. These raids come as a sign that USCIS will be getting tougher on employers, and on employees working unlawfully in the United States.

What will happen to the employees that were arrested?

These individuals will be questioned to determine whether they are undocumented and whether they are working in the United States illegally. If an individual is determined to be in the United States illegally then that individual will go through the normal process of being removed from the United States.

This process includes being issued an NTA (Notice to Appear) in immigration court which initiates removal proceedings.

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What happens to employers hiring undocumented immigrants?

Employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers will be penalized for doing so and for failing to comply with Form I-9.

If you are an employer and you want to know how you can protect yourself and ensure you are in compliance with the law, contact our office today to create a compliance plan.