CHICAGO (AP) — Federal immigration agents will stop making mass worksite arrest of immigrants employees suspected of living in the U.S. without legal permission.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued guidance Tuesday saying the agency would cease such targeted enforcement which has “not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers.”
Mayorkas instead wants immigration agencies to concentrate on going after employers who hire employees without authorization. This will include increasing penalties and coordination with other agencies such as the Department of Labor.
Former President Donald Trump was a frequent target of mass raids, including one 2019 attack on seven Mississippi chicken processing facilities.