ICE Agents Raid 77 Businesses in Northern California 

On Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle
reported
that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
officers began conducting raids of 77 businesses in the Bay
Area and Sacramento region over the past week. The officers
demanded that the businesses in question provide proof that
their employees were legally permitted to work in the United
States.

NBC
reported
on Thursday that Homeland Security began serving
the 77 business owners with I-9 audits on Monday and continued
to do so through Wednesday. The notices inform employers that
their records will be inspected and that they will be required
to present their company’s I-9s within three business days.

The Chronicle reported that this series of raids is
believed to be the largest instance of localized workplace
sweeps since Trump took office.

ICE spokesperson James Schwab said that the operation was part
of a strategy “focused on protecting jobs for U.S. citizens and
others who are lawfully employed, eliminating unfair
competitive advantages for companies that hire an illegal
workforce.”

Angelo Paparelli, a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney with
the firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP told the Chronicle,
“Serving 77 notices of inspection on different employers in the
last three days within a single area of responsibility, in this
case, San Francisco, appears unprecedented.”

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