Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials issued 2,393 form I-9 audit notices in 2011, a 375-percent increase from 2008, the last year of the Bush administration.

In addition, ICE arrested and prosecuted 196 business owners, executives and human resource managers for immigration violations in 2011, surpassing the previous high of 135 in 2008.

The trend toward increased enforcement is expected to continue, so business owners and HR managers must be careful in compiling I-9 work authorization forms on all new hires. A handy guide is Personnel Concepts' I-9 Compliance Kit. Get yours today and keep ICE away from your door.