02 July 2009
Company raids find people working without US work permit
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Wednesday notified more than 650 businesses around the US, including nearly 50 in Los Angeles, that their records will be audited as part of a widening effort to find companies that hire illegal immigrants.
American Apparel Inc, a company which prides itself on selling clothing made in the US, said it's been notified by the Federal agency that they had been unable to verify the employment eligibility of about 200 of its current employees.
American Apparel said these employees, about a third of the company's 5,600 workforce, won't be able to continue to work at the company unless they prove they have an American work permit.
The number of notices issued is the largest ever in a single day and exceeds the total sent out in all of fiscal 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
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