Hospitality Immigration Lawyer -ICE Raids Chinese Restaurants in California!

Enforcement, Enforcement and more Enforcement is the message from the Government. Special agents executed federal criminal search warrants here yesterday at two area Chinese restaurants and two homes linked to the businesses’ owners as part of an ongoing ICE investigation into possible hiring and alien harboring violations.

The restaurants targeted during the operation were the King’s Buffet in Vacaville, Calif., and the
Empire Buffet in Vallejo, Calif. A second outlet of the Empire Buffet in San Pablo, Calif., is also under scrutiny in the probe, but it was not searched yesterday. In addition to executing four search warrants, agents conducted a consensual search at a fifth location, a home in Hercules, Calif.Besides gathering evidence related to the criminal case, ICE agents arrested 21 illegal alien workers on administrative immigration violations who were encountered at the search locations.

We represent numerous hospitality employers, we keep warning employers to comply with Immigration rules, if in doubt seek professional advice. We anticipate further enforcement, especially in this industry.