In the spring of 2008, immigration agents with drawn guns raided The French Gourmet, a fine-dining restaurant and bakery in Pacific Beach, Calif. Agents arrested 18 employees, including a few who had worked for the restaurant for 16 years. Two years later, chef-owner Michel Malecot stands to lose his San Diego-area restaurant if he is convicted of federal charges claiming he knowingly hired undocumented workers. In an indictment made public in late April, the U.S. Attorney’s Office ...

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