Employment authorization is a hot topic these days, from the federal level to the state level. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has identified Form I-9 audits as the most important administrative tool in building criminal cases and bringing employers into compliance with the law. And on the state front, Arizona has boldly passed new immigration laws that impact employers, and some other states have indicated they might be interested in following Arizona's lead.
ICE has increased the issuance of Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to employers across the country. In July 2009, ICE issued 654 NOIs to businesses nationwide. In November 2009, ICE issued 1,000 NOIs to businesses connected to public safety and national security and based on investigative leads and intelligence. In March 2010, ICE issued NOIs to 180 businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
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