Evolving Employment Authorization Enforcement

Law360, New York (April 17, 2009, 12:00 AM ET) -- Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided the Yamato Engine Services facility in Bellingham, Wash., arresting 28 employees who allegedly were not authorized to work in the United States. Last year, ICE conducted 1,103 criminal and 5,184 administrative arrests, so this event would seem routine.

But the new administration’s response to its first ICE enforcement action was a sharp break from the past. The day after the raid, the secretary of Homeland Security testified to Congress that she had not known about it,...
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