ICE to Inspect 180 Employers in South

March 03, 2010 0 COMMENTS

By Hector Chichoni

On Tuesday, March 2, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had sent 180 notices of inspections (NOIs) to employers in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

At least 30 NOIs have been sent to employers in Tennessee and another 30 or so to employers located in southern and central Alabama. ICE has not yet disclosed the targeted employers’ names.

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Immigration Crackdown: DHS Launches Thousands of H-1B Inspections, I-9 Audits

November 20, 2009 2 COMMENTS

By Christopher L. Thomas

The federal government is making it clear to employers that immigration enforcement is a priority for the Obama administration, and that employers failing to comply with the law face severe consequences.

On November 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent out a notice that it intends to audit the I-9 forms of 1,000 employers. The audits are in addition to news from July in which 654 employers were informed that their I-9 forms would be scrutinized. Additional waves of audits are also expected.

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DHS Shifts Worksite Enforcement Strategy to Employers, Not Illegal Workers

May 04, 2009 0 COMMENTS

On April 30, the Department of Homeland Security distributed its Worksite Enforcement Strategy describing how it plans to step up its efforts to enforce immigration laws. The new strategy focuses on reducing the demand for illegal employment by targeting employers that knowingly hire illegal workers as well as the workers themselves.

Last week, updated guidance was distributed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Effective immediately, ICE will focus its resources on the criminal prosecution of employers that knowingly hire illegal workers. Only 135 of the more than 6,000 arrests related to worksite enforcement in 2008 were employers.

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