Surviving an ICE Raid or Audit: What You Must Do, What You May Refuse to Do, and How to Effectively and Humanely Manage Workers

The likelihood of workplace raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is growing. By executive order, President Trump has ordered the hiring of 10,000 new immigration officers to crack down on illegal immigration. Plus, recent changes in U.S. immigration regulations regarding the extension of some foreign workers’ employment authorization documents affect how employers must re-verify their work authorization on Form I-9.

This session will teach you the action plans to follow when you’re faced with a surprise visit by ICE—be it for an audit or a raid. You’ll learn:

  • How the newly enacted Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450), effective January 1, 2018, affects California employers’ response to federal immigration enforcement and worksite visits
  • California employers’ new notification obligations in advance of Form I-9 and employee records inspections under AB 450
  • The difference between an ICE audit and raid—and what to expect generally in either instance
  • The roles and responsibilities of key team members at various levels of your organization
  • How to negotiate for additional time from ICE following a Notice of Suspect Employees to prevent your business from shutting down because you have no workers
  • Tips for communicating with workers about ICE’s activities—when to fill them in and how—and what—to share
  • 5 things you should be prepared to do in the event of an ICE audit—and what you should never do
  • 5 things to expect in the event of an ICE raid
  • How to handle calls from the media or concerned workers’ family members about what’s going on in the event that a worker is removed from the worksite and detained  during a raid