On Tuesday, June 6, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the intentions of the U.S. Department of Labor to be more assertive with entities committing visa fraud and protect American workers.
“Entities who engage in visa program fraud and abuse,” said Acosta, “are breaking our laws and are harming American workers, negatively affecting American’s ability to provide for themselves and their families. We will enforce vigorously those laws, including heightened use of criminal referrals.
“The U.S. Department of Labor will focus on preventing visa program abuse and take every available legal action against those who abuse these programs,” Acosta concluded.
Secretary Acosta asserted that the Department of Labor is currently responsible for law enforcement for non-immigration visa programs within its jurisdiction, including:
- Enforcing labor protections provided by visa programs
- Developing improvements to the Labor Condition Application and investigation forms
- Making referrals of criminal fraud
- Establishing a working group to supervise these efforts and ensure maximum efficiency
The prioritization of investigating and prosecuting visa program violators is nothing new. The department has already begun publicizing these actions, including a first-of-its-kind legal injunction against G Farms in Arizona for illegal and life threatening housing for its agricultural workers.
Read the full press release here.
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