The New York Times reports that tomorrow Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be sending instructions to agents in field offices aimed at changing their enforcement focus from work site raids that largely resulted in mass arrests of workers to I-9 audits and undercover investigations mainly targeting employers. However, workers will still be subject to arrest.

According to the Times, the guidelines are partly a response to ICE's blindsiding DHS Secretary Napolitano with an unauthorized raid on a Bellingham, Washington mechanic's shop, which I discussed here.

UPDATE: Here is the DHS Fact Sheet.



DHS Worksite Enforcement Strategy press statement - 04/30/2009 - Free Legal Forms