South Bay News
Federal agents launch immigration audit of Mi Pueblo supermarkets
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Days before a planned protest, officials at the Mi Pueblo supermarket chain are trying to calm fears of an immigration audit.
The San Jose-based grocer operates 21 stores. The Department of Homeland Security launched an audit of Mi Pueblo in August over reports of illegal immigrant workers.
Company officials say it sees the audit as part of the cost of doing business. "So the government may raise concerns about some people. The company hopes that they don't lose one person. If they lose one person from an I-9 audit somewhere down the road, they want every one of them to come back if there can be legal status obtained and immigration reform in this country," a spokesperson said. Since the audit began, the company has switched to the E-Verify system -- for new hires only.
A union trying to organize workers at Mi Pueblo will try and organize a boycott beginning Monday because the company refuses to sign a labor agreement.
immigration, san jose, south bay news
- 4.4 earthquake strikes Southern California
- Obama announces sanctions on Russian officials 40 min ago
- Bench dedicated to honor missing teen Sierra LaMar
- Husband suspected in Castro Valley woman's death
- Female pedestrian fatally struck in Concord
- CHP reopens two lanes of WB I-80 in SF
- EU mulling next steps against Russia over Ukraine
- Jet search expands north, south; mystery persists 36 min ago
- Marijuana grow found at San Jose house fire
- Dawkins, Stanford to face New Mexico in NCAAs
- Navy's Blue Angels return to skies over San Francisco
- Man killed by Caltrain in Atherton identified
- roundup: Richmond house fire; SF stabbing
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Monday
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos