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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency Audits

Deportation and Employment Enforcement Likely to Increase with Nomination of New Director for ICE

Worksite immigration enforcement is likely to increase dramatically in the near future, and employers should make a thorough review of their hiring and employment practices to ensure they are compliant with federal laws and...more

ICE Director: “We’re Taking Work Site Enforcement Very Hard This Year.” Promises to Significantly Increase the Immigration...

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), echoed the Administration’s immigration enforcement focus on employers as a crucial part of curbing...more

Employers Should Prepare Now for Increased ICE Enforcement

by Littler on

Increased immigration enforcement and a reduction in illegal entry into the United States remain among the Trump administration's highest priorities. Notably, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan has reportedly ordered Homeland...more

Increased Immigration Worksite Enforcement Looming in 2018

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The days of speculation may have ended. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) acting director recently made clear that Form I-9 audits and worksite enforcement actions will surge in the coming year....more

Targeted ICE Investigations ~ in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Following a six year investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit issued a statement confirming a guilty plea on September 28, 2017 by Asplundh Tree Experts,...more

ICE Director Confirms Significant Increase in Workplace Immigration Enforcement

by Baker Donelson on

Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency has plans to increase workplace immigration enforcement. In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Homan...more

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

Worksite Enforcement Increasing Under Trump Administration

by Benesch on

With President Trump’s focus on immigration enforcement, employers are seeing an uptick in the workplace audits being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (“ICE”). Employers can avoid big fines by...more

Are You Ready for Operation Mega?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On the heels of the Trump Administration’s Tuesday, September 5th announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end, news leaked that U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) had plans...more

Ninth Circuit: Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil...

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory...more

Increased Compliance and Enforcement Activities Under the Trump Administration: Are You Prepared?

by Baker Donelson on

In the last several months, announcements made by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Department of Labor all confirm the Trump Administration's aim to increase enforcement...more

Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

With the Administration’s plan to build a huge wall along the United States-Mexican border stalled without funding and with waning support, the White House has increasingly shifted its immigration enforcement to employers....more

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented...more

No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Trump Administration Increases Resources to Crack Down on Employers for I-9 Compliance

As part of his first-week initiatives, President Trump turned his focus toward immigration. These initiatives included dramatically expanding the resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs...more

The I-9: How Much Trouble Can One Piece Of Paper Cause?

by Fisher Phillips on

No new hire has ever been accused of enjoying the time spent filling out the myriad forms they must execute at the outset of their employment. Likewise, it would be a curious manager who listed “helping new hires with...more

Increased Enforcement Highlights The Need For Employers To Have Immigration Compliance Programs

by Butler Snow LLP on

This past weekend the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched raids in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina arresting hundreds of undocumented immigrants. While...more

Trump's Immigration Executive Order - Are We Back to Where We Started?

by Roetzel & Andress on

If you are confused about what is happening with President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order (Order), then you are not alone. PAST – What exactly is the Order? Trump signed the Order on January 27, 2017,...more

Prosecution of Employers Who Hire Illegal Aliens

by Sanford Millar on

To manage the flow of illegal immigration the Trump Administration will have to do more that build a physical wall. It will need to enforce existing employ laws. According to the Center for Immigration Studies...more

DOJ Hikes Fines for Immigration Related Violations

Despite the numerous Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headlines, the last two years have brought a significant decrease in workplace audits: 3.127 audits in 2013 to 435 audits in 2015. Similarly, the fines during...more

Immigration Compliance Alert: Increase in Fines for Immigration Related Violations Take Effect on August 1, 2016

Up until 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) focused its enforcement efforts almost exclusively on undocumented workers. For instance, ICE made 6,000 workforce enforcement strategy-related arrests in 2008; only...more

Form I-9 Compliance: Tips for Employers to Avoid Liability

Employers are required under federal immigration law to verify the employment eligibility of new employees by reviewing acceptable documents provided by the employee—to establish the employee’s identity and work...more

To Audit, or Not to Audit: That is the I-9 Question

For some time, employers have been confused about how to handle situations relating to potential undocumented workers in their workforces. On December 14, 2015, to address some of this confusion, the U.S. Department of...more

How to self-audit your I-9 forms

by McAfee & Taft on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to increase its investigation efforts during 2016 to ensure employers have met their obligations to properly verify the identity and employment authorization of its...more

Conducting Internal I-9 Audits – ICE and DOJ-OSC Provide Joint Guidance

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A company’s I-9 file, which often goes unnoticed by all but a few HR professionals, can carry significant risk. Form I-9 files often serve as landmines for fines, penalties, and sanctions. Companies can mitigate these risks...more

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