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How employers who hire undocumented workers are dealing with uptick in ICE audits and raids

A pedestrian walks past a 7-Eleven store on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
A pedestrian walks past a 7-Eleven store on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Last month, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents raided 7-11 convenience stores across the country.

Managers were served audit notices and all-in-all, 21 workers were arrested.

The audits and raids sent a shockwave through immigrant communities across the country, including right here in Los Angeles, where one of the 7-11 stores that was raided is located.

We’re asking AirTalk listeners: how are employers talking to undocumented employees about recent ICE raids? How are employees talking to each other and what are those conversations like? If you run or work at a business where undocumented workers have been an integral part of the operation of the business, how are you dealing with the audits and raids? Are you changing hiring practices or vetting employees in a different way? What conversations are you hearing your employees or co-workers have?

Correction: An earlier version of this article identified KIWA as the Korean Immigrant Workers Association instead of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association. We have made a correction and apologize for the error.


José Eduardo Sánchez, director of organizing for Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association (KIWA)

Davis Bae, regional managing partner at the Seattle office of Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm that represents employers, where he also co-chairs their immigration practice