June 25, 2011

An ICE Storm of Immigration Audits is Coming

An ICE Storm of Immigration Audits is Coming
Dana Olsen
Corporate Counsel
June 22, 2011

For the second time this year, auditors at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security are cracking down on employers to ensure compliance with workplace eligibility laws. Ian MacDonald, an immigration attorney at Littler Mendelson, says the audits are not going to stop anytime soon.

The government announced last week its intention to audit the hiring records of 1,000 employers of all sizes across the country. ICE says the selection of targeted employers is random, but MacDonald says certain industries are particularly prone to the audits. In February, the agency made a similar announcement and investigated 1,000 employers. Adding in whistleblower tips, the latest action brings the number of I-9 audits for fiscal year 2011 up to 2,300.

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