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As workplace raids multiply, Trump administration charges few companies

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But the administration appears to have been far less aggressive in going after corporations involved in those cases.Prosecuting corporations, as opposed to individual workers or managers, for immigration-related offenses was also relatively rare during the Obama administration, but it has slowed further under the Trump administration, according to a database maintained by Duke University and the University of Virginia and data reviewed by The Washington Post.The Corporate Prosecution Registry tracks cases in which companies, rather than individuals, are charged with violating federal law, and it includes cases resolved with plea agreements as well as deferred and non-prosecution agreements.There were at least 88 such cases against companies for immigration violations between 2009 and 2016 during the Obama administration and at least five companies prosecuted for immigration violations since Trump took office in 2017, according to the data on corporate prosecutions and a review of news releases from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University examined federal data for a one-year period — April 2018 through March 2019 — and found that no companies were prosecuted for knowingly hiring undocumented workers. Such cases generally do not run through DOJ’s Washington office, and Justice Department officials said they were unaware of any directive not to pursue companies for immigration offenses.The Trump administration says it has made ensuring employers comply with immigration and labor laws a top priority.There was a more than 300 percent increase in investigations — including federal audits to determine whether companies were hiring undocumented immigrants — between the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, according to ICE. Search warrants are used to collect evidence,” said John Sandweg, the former acting director of ICE during the Obama administration.D. Michael Hurst, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon that there was an “open criminal investigation.”“Law enforcement operations can take time,” a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement.Besides charging companies or top corporate executives with violating immigration law, the federal government can hold them accountable in other ways.One of the companies involved in this week’s raids, Illinois-based Koch Foods, agreed last year to pay a $3.75 million settlement to resolve a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit the agency filed on behalf of workers in 2011, according to an EEOC release.

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