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Center for Public Integrity
May 31, 2019

Only 11 people were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers in the last year.
By Susan Ferriss

Over a 12-month period ending in March, only 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers and only three received any jail time, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Companies prosecuted for undocumented employees: zero. Compare those paltry totals that to the 85,727 individuals prosecuted for entry illegal to the U.S. and 34,627 prosecuted for illegal re-entry during the same period, according to TRAC, which details Justice Department enforcement activity. The comparison dramatically underscores that fact that employers, for decades, have rarely paid a price for hiring undocumented workers — an underappreciated point that was highlighted in a piece the Center for Public Integrity published last February.

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