25 October 2015

Reporting Illegal Immigrants

Illegal Alien
Data showed that way back in 2011, there were already 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with so many illegal immigrants in the country, it's no surprise that some companies will hire undocumented workers.

However, legal and documented workers need not be complicit in reporting these workers to the government. They can report a company employing undocumented workers anonymously to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

But first, they should gather as much information as they can about the company's hiring of undocumented workers. This is easiest to do if they have firsthand information, such as knowledge that documentation is missing for some of their employees. They may also receive indirect information, such as the boss warning to be careful because some of the workers are undocumented.

Honest Americans should keep a note of how many employees are involved, how long they have been working and their names, if possible. If they are able, document the social security numbers and countries of citizenship of the workers involved.

Next, the informant should visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement online tip form at ice.gov. Section I of the form allows the informant to include their name, email and phone number. This is optional, however, and they can omit it if they wish to remain anonymous.

Under section II select "Employment/Exploitation of Unlawful Workers" and select that the complain involves a business or company. Informants should provide the details about the company hiring undocumented workers in section III. Provide the location of the business and include a summary of up to 2,500 characters giving as much information as they have about the undocumented workers at this business.

U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement also accepts anonymous tips via their toll free tip line. Informants can call the line at (866) 347-2423. They should not report a company by phone if they have already done so online, however. When asked, provide as much information about the situation as possible. Informants should be able to give the name of the company and details about the undocumented workers. If they want, the informant can provide their name and contact information when making a tip, but they can remain anonymous if they prefer.