In the 1996 overhaul of U.S. immigration law, certain violations
of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) were included as
chargeable offenses under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO). These violations, among others, included
the prohibition against hiring persons illegally present in
the United States.
The inclusion of these violations under the RICO statutes presents
advocates of firm enforcement of U.S. immigration law with a
powerful weapon to combat the disregard for U.S. immigration
(If you have suffered damages due
to the alleged pattern of illegal hiring practices at Wal-mart,
ET AL. v MOHAWK INDUSTRIES
ET AL. V ZIRKLE FRUIT CO. ET AL.
(Courtesy member attorney Howard
Foster, Johnson & Bell, Ltd., Chicago, IL, lead attorney)