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Employers beware! ICE doubles worksite enforcement investigations

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that it opened 3,510 worksite investigations in the past seven months, more than doubling the number of investigations opened during fiscal year 2017.

The scrutiny on U.S. employers is part of ICE’s effort to create a “culture of compliance” in the business community and is expected to intensify as President Trump takes further steps to crack down on immigration abuses.

Enforcement escalation

According to Derek N. Benner, acting executive associate director for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations Division, ICE’s current strategy focuses on criminal prosecutions of employers that knowingly break the law. HSI is using I-9 audits and resulting civil fines assessed against employers as tools to encourage compliance with the law.

Considering the significant increase in enforcement since the start of fiscal year 2018, the strategy appears to be working.

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