EMPLOYER COMPLIANCE & WORKSITE ENFORCEMENT
Audit results Since January 2009 in Summary
On February 13, 2012 Secretary Janet Napolitano released the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016. The planâ€™s third â€śprimaryâ€ť mission is â€śEnforcing and Administering Our Immigration Laws.â€ť DHS and ICE have emphasized their commitment to reducing the demand for illegal immigration by eliminating the conditions that encourage unauthorized employment.
In order to meet that objective, DHS predicts that over the course of the next four fiscal years, ICE will initiate nearly double the number of criminal prosecutions of employers for criminally hiring unauthorized employees and anticipates approximately 600 employer prosecutions in 2016. It will do so by increasing the number of administrative I-9 audits, by further perfecting the intelligence sharing capability of its member bureaus, and by continuing to support the roll-out of E-Verify and IMAGE program initiatives that encourage employers to transmit sensitive employee information to government databases.
With the opening in January 2011 of ICEâ€™s new Employment Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC) in Crystal City, VA, ICE has positioned itself according to Director John Morton, to â€śaddress a need to conduct audits even of the largest employers with a very large number of employees.â€ť The facility started with a crew of 15 auditors who support ICEâ€™s worksite enforcement strategy by helping agency field offices around the country expedite Form I-9 audits of businesses selected for inspection by ICE. The move steps away from the large-scale, disruptive enforcement raids of employers by immigration agents looking for illegal alien laborers, shifting to a more data-intensive approach that combs company employment records searching for appropriate paperwork.
WHAT IS A BUSINESS OWNER SUPPOSED TO DO?
As an employer, compliance with immigration laws is crucial. We are in a historic moment regarding U.S. Immigration reforms. Major U.S. companies have been slapped with steep fines for non-compliance with immigration laws and contractors have been closed and even jailed for employing illegal immigrants. Now is the time for prudent companies to implement a Corporate Immigration Compliance Program. Our firm's years of experience and knowledge with employer compliance and worksite enforcement issues can assist your business in offsetting the extent of sanctions and other ICE enforcement threats.
Our Worksite Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Team provide practical advice on â€śbest practicesâ€ť and â€śsafe harborsâ€ť to help companies mitigate risk. Our depth of experience enables us to assist clients with all aspects of compliance and investigations from personnel training or developing a corporate immigration compliance program to responding to an ICE audit.
We provide counselling, compliance training and â€śpre-auditâ€ť audit safeguard training in these key areas:
RECENT ENFORCEMENT HEADLINES
This is a list of recent enforcement headlines making the news:
McDonald's Fines $1 Million for Employing Unauthorized Workers
160 Arrested in Immigration Raid at a Houston Plant
Two Supervisors at Raided Meatpacking Plant Arrested
Hayward Pizza Parlor Targeted in Immigration Raid
Authorities Detain 45 in Immigration Raid at Painting Company
Immigration Raids Ohio Restaurants, Arrests 58
Feds Raid Swift Meatpacking Plants at Six Locations Across Country
Immigration Raid Roils Iowa Melting Pot
Hundreds Arrested in Immigration Raids
Hundreds Seized in Immigration Raids - Managers, Employees of Pallet Maker Arrested in Several States
Southfield, Mich., Computer Staffing Firm to Pay $2.65 Million in Back Wages, Penalities for Immigration Law Violations
Immigration Crackdown has Employers Scared
HOW Immigration Compliance Group CAN HELP YOU
Immigration Compliance Group works proactively with its clients to provide comprehensive assistance in developing and maintaining best practices necessary to assure compliance with USCIS, ICE, SSA and DOL regulations.
Employer compliance is becoming more complex and enforcement (investigations and audits) is increasing. In order to effectively deal with these issues and avoid the very severe consequences for non-compliance, employers must take the time to develop a strategy and be prepared in advance with an Immigration Compliance Program.
Immigration Compliance Group will customize such a program for you and will provide onsite or telephonic training, consulting, and document auditing in all of the areas mentioned above, as well as provide ongoing compliance updates. For more information on our services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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