With the sophisticated technology available today, it is difficult for employers to determine whether or not the paperwork they are given by new employees to verify their eligibility to work in the United States, is authentic. Nonetheless, it has become apparent, especially in the construction industry, that a growing percentage of workers who are hired by contractors, have presented forged documents or have taken on someone else’s identity.
In December 2012, Echevarria received permission from his superiors at ICE to open a hair salon in West Orange, New Jersey.
The two guidelines mark a significant overhaul of deportation policies under President Barack Obama.
Under the previous president, illegal immigrants not linked to serious crime were deemed a low priority and were not targeted for deportation. Bush administrations also attempted to create an immigration framework that would allow long-term undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States.
After opening the salon, Echevarria allegedly ensured that his girlfriend’s illegal status remained a secret by signing the lease for her apartment and by placing her cable and electric bills in his name. The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
In addition to driving his girlfriend and other salon employees to and from the salon each day, Echevarria also paid the employees in cash and never asked them to fill out employment eligibility paperwork. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S.