New York- The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will not conduct mass arrests of undocumented workers during law enforcement operations in US businesses, reversing the policies of the Trump administration and the latest signal to millions of immigrants that they are not among the deportation priorities.
Known as workplace raids, such arrests have long been criticized by immigration advocates for spreading fear and deterring workers from reporting labor violations out of concern that they could be arrested.
So far, such raids have not been common during the Biden administration.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement that law enforcement in workplaces could target “unscrupulous employers who exploit unauthorized workers, perform illegal activities, or impose unsafe working conditions. ”.
He also asked the Department’s immigration agencies for recommendations in the next 60 days to identify policies and agreements that have affected the application of labor laws and how to “alleviate or mitigate” the concern and fear of undocumented workers who have been exploited by their employers.