US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday that a woman in Missouri had been sentenced to twelve months in prison after she plead guilty to charges of transporting, harboring and hiring illegal aliens. Ms. Hua Huang was the manager of the China Buffet/ Mongolian Grill in Polar Bluff, Missouri. Investigators for ICE discovered that she had hired undocumented aliens from Mexico and China to work in the restaurant for wages below the minimum wage for twelve hour shifts, six days per week. She also boarded the workers in residences that were owned in close affiliation to the restaurant and she also possessed vans that would transport the workers to and from the restaurant. The restaurant did not accurately report wage or sales tax to the proper authorities. Cash and property in excess of $350,000 was forfeited by Ms. Huang and her associates as a result of her plea.
While this case is obviously an egregious example of a business breaking the immigration, labor and even tax laws, this case illustrates the increased willingness of ICE to pursue prison sentences for violations of immigration laws by employers. At The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, we routinely counsel businesses and organizations of all varieties in the most effective ways to achieve immigration compliance.
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