ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

Image from the ICE raid in Bay Springs (Photo Source: WDAM-TV)

HOUSTON (AP) - Recent immigration raids at Mississippi chicken-processing plants revived a longstanding complaint about government policy. Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often are not prosecuted.

Under President Trump, the number of owners and managers facing criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers has stayed almost the same as almost every other enforcement measure has surged.

Last week's raids were the largest work site operation conducted under the Trump administration. The raids led to 680 arrests of people in the U.S. illegally.

Criminal charges are expected to follow for some. But no plant owners or top managers were immediately charged. That has been the pattern of other recent raids.

Investigating managers may take longer and be more difficult to prove.