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October 13, 2021

In 'Transformational' Immigration Shift, Biden Administration Wants to Target Employers, Not Undocumented Workers
By Jasmine Aguilera

The Trump Administration, which promised a hardline stance on undocumented immigration, increased the number and scope of workplace raids. In 2019, ICE oversaw the largest raid in history in Mississippi, detaining 680 undocumented workers at six chicken processing plants across the state on a single day. While four executives from those plants were also later indicted on a variety of charges, including harboring and wire fraud, business owners have for the most part evaded punishment. Between April 2018 and March 2019, only 11 people were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers in seven cases, according to the the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization at Syracuse University.

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