Peering over the I-9 event horizon

Veteran I-9 explorer John Fay returns from an expedition to report on Things to Come . Nov. 1, 2011.

Employers Around the Country Report a New Round of ICE I-9 Audits

"The calls from clients who received visits from Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents started to trickle in last Thursday afternoon. Although nothing has been announced, we have reason to believe that ICE is conducting a new round of audits...

I-9 bust at Mich. dairy farm leads to probation for owners, almost $3M in fines

"The owners of Aquila Farms, LLC, were sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $234,000 for hiring [unauthorized] aliens and aiding and abetting each other to do so. The convictions were the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and...

Steel foundry in Berkeley loses one third of workforce to I-9 'silent raid'

"Over the last few months, an East Bay steel company has been shedding about a third of its work force and it's not because of the economy. Pacific Steel was served with what immigrant advocates call a "silent raid." The company was audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Companies pay millions for hiring unauthorized workers

"When U.S. immigration agents scoured the hiring paperwork on file at Advanced Containment System Inc. last year, they found identification cards supposedly issued by the "Texas Department of Safety." Words including "identification" and "department" were misspelled...

Fresh Round of I-9 'Desktop Raids' Targets Hiring of Unauthorized Workers

"The Department of Homeland Security, continuing its crackdown on employers who hire [unauthorized] immigrants, has ordered hundreds of companies in recent weeks to submit their hiring records for inspection. This year's first "silent raids" haven't been publicly announced...

Wash. Herb Grower Fined $1M for Knowingly Hiring Unauthorized Workers; Company Hired and Concealed Workers During I-9 Audit

"A Washington-based supplier of fresh organic herbs to nearly 2,700 grocers was sentenced Tuesday to $1 million in criminal fines and probation for hiring [unauthorized] aliens...'In the midst of an I-9 administrative audit, HerbCo hired and concealed unauthorized workers,' said Brad...

SEC Joins Probe of Chipotle Hiring Practices

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of an expanding investigation into its alleged hiring of undocumented workers. The Denver-based company fired about 500 employees more than a year ago following audits by the Department of Homeland...

ICE Releases Guidance on Evaluating Electronic I-9 Systems

"On October 2, 2012, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the first-ever official guidance document for evaluating electronically generated and stored I-9 records during an audit. Obtained by LawLogix last week, the 4-page document from ICE headquarters provides guidance to...

I-9 Audits on the Rise

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for [unauthorized] immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the...

Why the I-9 Audit Process is More Like Football Than Soccer

" Soccer and football (as well as football’s distant cousin, rugby), are commonly thought to have all descended from the same simple, noble Greek game called Harpastum . However, as each sport evolved, football became reliant on precision and rules, while soccer stayed simple (and “beautiful...

ICE I-9 Audits in Georgia Net Almost $900K in Fines

"Federal immigration authorities based in Atlanta audited 105 businesses for illegal hiring practices during the last fiscal year, arrested scores of workers and slapped employers with nearly $900,000 in fines, the third-highest total in the nation, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of public...

ICE I-9 Raids Net $173K+ in San Diego Area

"As part its enforcement strategy to reduce illegal employment and protect job opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that 10 employers in San Diego and Imperial counties were fined by ICE during fiscal year 2012 for...

OCAHO on I-9 Fine Settlement Agreements: USA v. California Mantel, Inc.

"CA Mantel’s motion requests that OCAHO compel the government to honor a settlement agreement the company said was reached between the parties on August 27, 2012. The company asserts that after extensive negotiations the parties agreed that the case would be settled for $8000, and that each...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $11K to $2.2K: El Azteca Dunkirk, Inc.

"This is an action arising under the employer sanctions provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324a (2006). The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $41K to $9K; ICE Must Specify Violations: USA v. Super 8

"In order to establish liability for a particular violation, it is first necessary for the government to state with specificity what the violation is. See United States v. Stanford Sign and Awning, Inc., 10 OCAHO no. 1145, 7 (2012). ICE was accordingly directed after the prehearing conference to...

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

"Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing...

OCAHO Slaps ICE for Overreaching: USA v. Crescent City Meat Co., Inc.

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE or the government) filed a complaint alleging that Crescent City Meat Company, Inc. (Crescent City or the company) violated 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) by failing to prepare, retain, and/or present I-9 forms for fifteen employees. The total penalty sought...

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2M Fine Against Utah Luxury Hotel

"Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs...