Latest Round of 500 I-9 Audit Notices Sent Out

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a wing of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tasked with enforcing immigration policies (among other duties), has issued another 500 I-9 Employment Verification Form audits to 500 American businesses in critical infrastructure, agriculture and other industries. These I-9 audits can lead to fines and even civil and criminal penalties […]

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USCIS Holds Forum on Possible Redesign of Form I-9

On Tuesday, February 23, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) held a meeting to discuss the use and design of its Form I-9, which is used to document a worker's right to work in the United States. The participants were challenged—at the outset—to envision how they would design the I-9 if they […]

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Houston Firm Levied $20 Million Fine for Employing Illegals, Crackdown Continues

Declaring it is out "to  target the root cause of illegal immigration," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit are scurrying about to inspect companies’ 1-9 employment verification records to make sure no illegal immigrants are on the payroll. ICE hit the jackpot recently when it inspected Houston’s IFCO Systems, […]

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House-Senate Panel Votes to Extend E-Verify Three Years

This week a House-Senate panel reconciling budget measures voted to extend for three years the E-Verify online employment eligibility system. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally withdrew the "no match" safe harbor rule of the Bush administration. The Bush-era "no match" rule gave employers three months to straighten out mismatched […]

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USCIS (nee: INS) Finally Receives Funds to Modernize

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a $2.6-billion-a-year agency. It is also the paper-jammed and -backlogged agency formerly known as the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). Ask anybody who’s dealt with the agency in either incarnation and you’ll hear horror stories of standing in blocks-long […]

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