U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported that the owner and a top executive of a metal company in Oxnard, California were arrested on September 23 by ICE agents on federal criminal charges related to knowingly hiring undocumented aliens. The arrests were the result of an investigation that began in 2007, after an audit discovered 16 employees who used false documents for employment verification. According to established practice, ICE notified the company that the workers were not authorized to work, and the company reported back that the employees had been terminated. The ICE investigation revealed that at least two of the employees, however, remained on the company’s payroll. California continues to be a focal point for such investigations. During the last fiscal year, 78 businesses in the Los Angeles area received notices of inspection.
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