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ICE is Targeting Employers

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

NBC News reported that 98 7-Eleven stores were recently raided by ICE in 17 states and 21 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested.  Managers and owners were given three days to provide the immigration status of employees.

Three-prong strategy. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that made the 7-Eleven arrests, is tasked with enforcing the business community’s compliance with federal employment eligibility requirements. The agency said that its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit has developed a comprehensive, three-prong enforcement strategy that targets employers who violate employment laws.  This new strategy focuses on:

Compliance, through I-9 inspections, civil fines, and referrals for debarment;

Enforcement, through the arrest of employers, knowingly employing undocumented workers, and the arrest of unauthorized workers for violation of laws associated with working without authorization; and

Outreach, through the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program, to instill a culture of compliance and accountability.

"Today's actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable," Thomas D. Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director, said in a statement. "Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration."

Are you ready? California’s new laws under AB 450 demand that employers be ready in the event of an audit or inspection of immigration compliance. Schedule an I-9 audit (members only access required) with a CEA subject matter expert today!


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