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How to Prepare for Heightened Immigration Enforcement and Compliance in the Trump Era

  • May 11, 2017

When Donald Trump announced he would be running for President of the United States in June 2015, immigration became a hotter topic. Throughout his campaign, Trump made many statements about immigration. He focused primarily on undocumented aliens who enter the country illegally and on investigating abuses of visa programs that he believes disadvantage American workers. After his inauguration, Trump signed Executive Orders to keep some of the promises he made. Those set the tone for a heightened emphasis on compliance and enforcement in the workplace and constitute a blueprint for agency action and possible legislation in furtherance of the President’s goals. In this white paper, we will: (I) review what has been done so far in terms of orders, guidance and proposed legislation to set the scene for what may be on the horizon; (II) discuss how these actions are relevant to all employers – even those who do not realize that they may be affected; and (III) set out strategies to meet the expected enforcement and compliance challenges ahead.

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