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Immigration Raids Back on Schedule

Will employees miss work to avoid deportation?

July 15, 2019

As the previously postponed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are scheduled for this week, some workers say they plan to stay home to avoid deportation, CNN reports.

The raids will occur in 10 major U.S. cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. As one of the businesses that could be impacted if workers stay home, the cleaning industry is highly affected by the lack of immigration reform as its entire supply chain, from manufacturers down to cleaning service providers, are all struggling to find qualified workers.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit arguing that those in danger of arrest in an ICE raid are entitled to a hearing in front of an immigration judge before they are deported, Newsweek reports. The ACLU states that many immigrants have legitimate asylum claims due to violence in their home countries.

Several immigration bills pending in the legislature may directly affect the cleaning industry workforce. These bills include the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would create a path to citizenship for the so-called “dreamers” who were brought to the United States illegally as children, as well as “The Venezuela Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Act,” which would grant TPS for an 18-month period to Venezuelans who have been continuously physically present at the time the bill was enacted.

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