The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents put on their navy blue jackets and walked into a trucking company's office in Carson this week, sending waves of anxiety rippling through the building.
In the lobby, a nervous office manager greeted the team from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, twisting a black pen in her hands like a wet towel. A second manager joined them.
"I see people with vests and cameras," he said with an anxious chuckle. "That's not good."
The visit represents a renewed wave in ICE's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in the Trump era. Federal authorities are stepping up audits of businesses, hoping to catch employers who hired those here illegally. The agency's acting director wants to increase work-site enforcement 400%, part of a much larger effort to identify and deport those here without proper papers.
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