How to Anonymously Report Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

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How to Anonymously Report Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants
Reporting the hiring of illegal immigrants helps both Americans and the immigrants. (us passport image by Albert Lozano from

Federal laws exist governing citizenship within the United States, and these laws are meant to ensure adequate employment options for all legal citizens of the nation. The laws govern the hiring process by which all employers are bound to, and if an employer is deliberately choosing to counter the immigration laws during the hiring process, it constitutes illegal activity. Some employers use the fact that a person is "undocumented" as a way of blackmail to pay unfair low wages; this activity harms both citizens and the undocumented immigrant. As such, it is of benefit for all to promptly report violations when it is certain they are being committed.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Observe and evaluate the employees in question to be certain they are undocumented workers. Lack of ability to speak English doesn't necessarily mean a person is an undocumented worker, but a telltale sign that the person is undocumented is that the individual makes extra effort to live in secrecy, is prone to hiding, and has a sharp fear or dislike when law enforcement personnel are nearby.

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    Write down not only the employer or company name, but try to obtain the employer's federal tax identification number and write it down as well to assist the federal government with looking into the operations and finances of the business in question.

  3. 3

    Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) either via the web or by calling their toll-free phone number at (800) 375-5283 to connect with the proper department. State that you desire to provide information about unlawful hiring practices of an employer who is hiring undocumented workers.

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    Provide your information as you are asked to do so, and be certain that you demand absolute anonymity before providing your information, and that you refuse to have your personal information disclosed to anyone outside the USCIS. By law, any request for anonymity must be complied with thoroughly.

Tips and warnings

  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service performs actual investigations against employers who regularly hire undocumented workers. To prevent any possible government sanctions against yourself, never knowingly provide any false information when making such a report. Be as reasonably sure as possible that the workers are indeed undocumented before making any report to this federal agency.

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