ICE Plans to Increase Worksite Inspections by ‘4 or 5 Times’

In a major shift from the Obama administration and its focus, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is now looking to deport workers it discovers who lack legal immigration documents to work in the United States. The vehicle for this will be worksite inspections of a company’s I-9, employment verification forms on file. Moreover, according to […]

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Company Fined Whopping $95 Million for Hiring Illegal Workers

Asplundh Tree Experts of Philadelphia has agreed to pay a fine of $95 million for hiring illegal workers and openly accepting false documents to do so, even after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had audited the company and ordered the workers terminated, many of whom were soon thereafter rehired under different names. The fine […]

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USCIS Releases Details of July 17 Revised I-9 Form

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers […]

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New Form I-9 Must Be Used Starting Today

The revised “smart” version of the Employment Verification Form I-9 must be used beginning today, Jan. 22, even though it’s a Sunday and unlikely that many new hires would start work today. Form I-9 came about as a result of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, when President Ronald Reagan and the […]

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7-11 Operators Busted in Largest ICE Forfeiture Case Ever

Five franchisees and operators of 7-Eleven, Inc. (7-Eleven) stores located throughout Long Island and Virginia entered guilty pleas Monday at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. The defendants pled guilty to committing wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal aliens employed at 7-eleven stores. The guilty pleas stem from an extensive investigation by […]

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Hotel Chain Gets Whopper Fine After I-9 Audit: $2 Million!

Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Sinclair Services Company subsidiary, […]

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Infosys Socked with $34 Million I-9 Fine; ICE Expands Audit Targeting

Just before Halloween, IT services giant Infosys Limited was fined $34 million for violations of the I-9 employment eligibility verification process, making it the largest immigration-related fine ever issued. An Oct. 30 Department of Justice (DOJ) press release announcing the fine said that "Infosys failed to maintain I-9 records for many of its foreign nationals […]

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ICE Begins Another Round of I-9 Inspections

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sent out another 1,000 notices of inspection (NOIs) to U.S. businesses, demanding that they provide I-9 Employment Verification Form proof of their employees' legal right to work in the United States. (A sample letter is shown at right.) The Form I-9 is required of all new hires and employees […]

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ICE Reverses Course on Pre-Filling Form I-9

In May, the Worksite Investigation Enforcement Unit of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that employers should not pre-fill any part of Section 1 of the Form I-9, which is used to verify an applicant's eligibility to legally work in the United States. ICE officials have now reversed course and said there is […]

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DHS Secretary to Leave Post and Join UC System as President

Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and former Arizona Governor, is leaving her post to become president of the University of California (UC) system. "I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will […]

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