The Current U.S. administration recently announced that the federal government would stop raiding workplaces to arrest undocumented workers. 

These massive raids often resulted in the arrests of hundreds of workers at one time, according to the DHS. 

“Our worksite enforcement efforts can have a significant impact on the well-being of individuals and the fairness of the labor market,” 

This shift in policy is part of DHS efforts to “promote a fair labor market by supporting more effective enforcement of wage protections, workplace safety, labor rights, and other employment laws and standards.”

DHS memo also directs sub-agencies to review and update policies that will better enable the DHS to prioritize the enforcement of labor laws. The memo states that the agencies must consider and develop strategies that would prioritize workplace enforcement against “unscrupulous employers” and support vulnerable workers in labor standards investigations.

“We will not tolerate unscrupulous employers who exploit unauthorized workers, conduct illegal activities or impose unsafe working conditions,” DHS Secretary said in the statement. 

“Employers engaged in illegal acts compel the focus of our enforcement resources. By adopting policies that focus on the most unscrupulous employers, we will protect workers as well as legitimate American businesses.”

 “Refocusing resources to counter exploitative employers is a necessary step in protecting the American labor market and workers,” & Lexology