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As immigration issues grow in intensity, companies are swept into the fray

Joe Mont | June 27, 2018

Companies have typically, and wisely, been advised to stay clear of politics. For every customer whose views you might validate with even a hint of activism, there are those who are likely to hold a grudge.

The exception to that rule may be the current immigration debate, which is forcing firms to take sides whether it suits their needs or not.

The year began with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids targeting 7-Eleven stores nationwide. The ICE raids were a shot across the bow for companies suspected of hiring “illegal aliens” and a warning to undocumented workers.

The raids, from a compliance perspective, also emphasized the need for that function to build a closer relationship with human resources personnel, and to maintain close attention to employee documentation. It is all part of the new normal of the Trump administration.

Defending ‘Dreamers’

A few weeks prior, in September 2017, companies also faced what remains...

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