The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s shift from worksite raids to audits of I-9 forms has resulted in a record-breaking year of penalties on employers with inadequate employment eligibility programs. A recent article by the Orange County Register revealed the impact of this new policy and highlighted some of the enforcement trends for this past fiscal year.
Companies experienced a record 2,200 I-9 audits in fiscal-year 2010, compared to 1,400 in the prior fiscal year. Many of these audits resulted in criminal charges against employers, owners, managers and supervisors, including 180 arrests in fiscal-year 2010, compared to 135 in 2008. These audits also led to financial sanctions of approximately $50 million since January 2009.
Discover other immigration enforcement statistics released by ICE in the article: Immigration Agency: Criminal deportations, employer arrests up
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