More than 30 immigrant workers at a waterfront restaurant in Baltimore walked out after a Department of Homeland Security official hand-delivered a letter requesting immigration documentation from all employees.
The owner of The Boathouse, a popular eatery in the area, insists his business was in compliance with immigration law and spoke out against the incident.
“Based on our Government’s current practices of targeting the Hispanic Community, properly documented and potentially less than properly documented are all fearful of being separated from their families, many with small children. Many went home to pack up and leave,” he wrote in a letter he posted online Saturday.
Guests who were present at the time the agent entered the restaurant were also appalled.
“It seems like terrorizing people who are trying to work at the restaurant,” customer Michelle Zhang said. “It’s not only bad for for the business but it’s bad for the families.”
Still others, like customer Ryan Horan, questioned why so many walked out.
“If that many left… are they not following the policy?” he asked. “Are they not doing it the way they should be doing it?”
The crackdown is just one of the latest of cases from around the country since Donald Trump took office in January.