ICE says it will audit dozens of N.J. businesses

NEWARK, N.J. — The Trump Administration’s immigration crackdown is continuing in New Jersey over the opposition of Governor Phil Murphy.

This week, ICE announced that it delivered 5,200 audit notices to businesses around the country, and 75 of which operate in New Jersey.

Officials will endeavor to ascertain if the targeted businesses are either employing illegal immigrants or violating any other federal labor laws. It’s the latest aggressive action in the Garden State following a series of raids targeting criminals and accused criminals in ‘sanctuary’ counties like Middlesex which refuse to fully cooperate with federal immigration officials.

“This is not a victimless crime,” said Derek N. Benner, Acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “Unauthorized workers often use stolen identities of legal U.S. workers, which can significantly impact the identity theft victim’s credit, medical records and other aspects of their everyday life.”

The names of the businesses were not released.

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