Better remind HR of the importance of having your I-9 documentation in order. Sounds like the feds could be stopping in soon.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency recently announced it’ll be doing I-9 audits on 650 employers nationwide.
That move, observers say, is the beginning of the Obama administration’s push to use employers as the hammer in cracking down on illegal immigrants. Although the 650 companies initially identified for scrutiny were chosen through “leads and information obtained through other investigative means” (in the words of ICE), it’s a pretty good bet the feds will turn up the heat on across-the-board I-9 enforcement this year.
The evidence: ICE has shifted personnel and resources to prosecute employers who hire undocumented workers. What’s more, the agency has said it will pursue criminal prosecutions against offenders — not the civil actions the feds carried out before.
For a look at the agency’s announcement, click here.