Thursday, July 2, 2009

ICE starts workplace immigration crackdown

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses nationwide yesterday. This is more than ICE issued in all of the last fiscal year. The notices warn the employers that ICE will be examining their records to ensure that the companies have been complying with employment verification procedures.

This focus on employers is consistent with the Obama administration's promises to direct resources in the worksite enforcement program towards the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly hire illegal workers in order to target the root cause of illegal immigration. See this blog post for more details.

For yesterday's ICE news release, see here. It states that
The 652 businesses being presented with a NOI today for a Form I-9 audit have been selected for inspection as a result of leads and information obtained through other investigative means. Due to the ongoing, law enforcement sensitive nature of these audits, the names and locations of the businesses will not be released at this time.

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