One of the ways HSI identifies potential hiring violations is by auditing employers’ Form I-9s, the document businesses use to verify an employee’s eligibility to work. As part its enforcement strategy to reduce illegal employment and protect job opportunities for the nation’s lawful workforce, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that 10 employers in San Diego and Imperial counties were fined by ICE during fiscal year 2012 for various employment-related violations.
Collectively, the fines totaled more than $173,800, with the largest fine, $50,000, being lodged against a San Diego-area medical transportation service. The fines were imposed after ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) found the businesses had failed to comply with laws prohibiting the hiring of unauthorized workers. In fiscal year 2012, HSI conducted 151 worksite audits in San Diego and Imperial counties, compared to 86 audits the previous year and 63 audits in fiscal year 2010.