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ICE Worksite Enforcement Getting Tighter

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security is charged with enforcement of U.S. customs and immigration laws. In the last several months, the agency has been cracking down on illegal workers through large-scale raids of business premises where the workers are located. These raids have largely focused on the workers and not the employers. ICE is now teaming up with Form I-9 auditors and others to target employers specifically through civil fines and, in some cases, criminal prosecution. Employers can protect themselves by ensuring that all employees are authorized to work in the U.S. and by keeping diligent Form I-9 records that can be produced easily for ICE investigators. If you have any questions and concerns about whether your company, organization or agency could be the target of ICE worksite enforcement, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.