The two most common areas of federal immigration charges stem from either being a person unlawfully in the country, or employing someone who is undocumented. Under either scenario, penalties are stiff and those charged with immigration-related crimes most likely will be facing felony charges with prison being a very real possibility.
The trend most recently has been immigration authorities conducting “worksite raids” which typically end in a number of undocumented people and their employers being arrested for myriad immigration violations. In a press release issued in April 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stated: "Whether the violator is a multinational corporation or a small business, ICE is aggressively targeting employers who use illegal alien workers to gain an unfair business advantage and take jobs away from legal workers."
Immigration related offenses are serious and require immediate legal attention. It is imperative to consult legal counsel as soon as you have reason to believe you are being investigated for potential immigration violations.