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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to ramp up audits and worksite investigations, according to figures released by the agency last week.
ICE said that the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit has served I-9 Notice of Inspections (NOI) to more than 5,200 businesses since January. Most recently, in a five-day period earlier this month, the unit served 2,738 inspection notices and made 32 arrests. By comparison, ICE initiated 1,360 I-9 audits during the entire 2017 fiscal year.
ICE representatives said the investigations unit is undertaking an enforcement strategy that “focuses on the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly break the law, and the use of I-9 audits and civil fines to encourage compliance with the law.”
BAL Analysis: The recently released figures from ICE are strong reminders of the federal government’s increased compliance activity under President Donald Trump. Employers are encouraged to conduct an internal audit of their Form I-9s and have protocols in place in the event that they are inspected by ICE. BAL’s compliance team can assist in conducting internal audits and preparing employers for a Form I-9 inspection.
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