A German-manufactured BMW M3 sports car is seen at a garage in the western city of Dusseldorf, Germany, June 29, 2021.
(Johannes Hahn/Reuters) A German manufacturer of luxury cars and trucks has been accused of employing undocumented immigrants to build its cars.
The German auto-maker, BMW, said Friday that it hired undocumented workers who worked as “engineers,” while another group of foreign workers, also undocumented, worked in “fabrication and testing.”
BMW said that it has suspended the hiring of undocumented workers for five years.
“The company does not use the undocumented workforce for its supply chain,” BMW spokesman Stefan Käse said in a statement.
The automaker said that workers are now required to pass a background check.
BMW said it would also make it easier for foreign workers to find jobs.
The suspension of the hiring comes amid rising concern about illegal immigration.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of intent to hire 500,000 workers for the first time since the 2010 election, in an effort to reduce the number of people living in the country illegally.