Jul 16, 2019

Uptick in Immigration Enforcement Reported

Immigration and Customs Enforcement papersThe National Restaurant Association has alerted us that there has been an uptick in immigration enforcement, including “raids,” and Social Security Administration “no-match” letters being sent to restaurants.  

Both the New York Times and CNN reported that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced plans for officers to conduct a series of enforcement operations targeting undocumented immigrants.  These activities were expected on Sunday, July 14 in as many as ten “major” cities.

The National Restaurant Association offers resources for restaurant owners and managers to help answer questions that they might have about how best to follow the rules and help their employees at the same time (As a WRA member your business is also a dual member with the national organization).

The National Restaurant Association held a webinar on immigration law in February that provided an update on immigration and law enforcement during the Trump administration.

Resource with Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
The National Restaurant Association prepared a resource for restaurants in collaboration with law firm partners of the Restaurant Law Center that addresses the following questions:

  • What is a “no-match” letter?
  • What are some of the reasons you might receive a no-match letter?
  • What is the purpose of a no-match letter?
  • What should you do if you get a no-match letter?
  • What guidance does the Social Security Administration provides on no-match letters?
  • Who should you contact if you want more information or need additional help on a no-match letter you received?
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Legal Contacts

The Restaurant Law Center cannot provide legal advice on a specific case. They encourage restaurant members needing additional help to contact an attorney that concentrates on immigration law at one of our Law Firm Partners for direct and confidential legal advice. Here are some suggestions:

Jungmin Choi
Epstein Becker & Green, PC

Justin S. Coffey
Ogletree Deakins, PC

Garen Dodge
Sheppard Mullin, LLP

Jorge R. Lopez
Littler Mendelson, PC

Michael H. Neifach
Jackson Lewis, PC

Pamela D. Nieto
Baker Hostetler, LLP

Megan Vogel
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

The Restaurant Law Center, the legal affiliate of the National Restaurant Association, will continue to offer more guidance materials on immigration in the weeks and months to come.