Immigration raids alarm Queens business owners
Jan 11, 2018 | 780 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week, Federal immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country. Agents arresting undocumented workers and demanded paperwork from managers, The Trump administration described as its largest enforcement operation against employers so far.

According to a New York Times article, the sweeps of 98 stores in 17 states, from California to Florida, resulted in 21 arrests. This signals that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement intends to ramp up its efforts against companies that hire unauthorized workers.

“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal work force: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” Thomas D. Homan, the acting director of ICE, said in a statement.

So, what does that mean for businesses in Queens?

“Grocery store owners, deli owners and maybe most significantly, restaurants need to be on high alert," said local immigration attorney," Dev Banad Viswanath.

According to Viswanath, the Government is making good on all of their threats, one by one, and 2018 is turning out to be a whirlwind of new decisions related to immigration. With President Trumps’ promises of enforcement, denying DACA, ending TPS, and possibly attacking the H1B process, we are definitely at a cross roads.

"Immigration attorneys need to be analyzing what other options there are for our clients," said Viswanath, who has dedicated himself to assisting immigrants in need.

"The irony is that the past president’s implemented most of these executive actions because of Congressional Inaction, and now, this president is terminating these executive actions in order to motivate congressional action," exclaimed Viswanath.

For advice related to immigration law, Dev Banad Viswanath can be reached by phone at 718.361.5999 or by email: His Queens office is located at 186-09 Union Turnpike, 2nd FL. Fresh Meadows, NY 11366.

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