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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...

Pre I-9 Audit Planning: Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best (Part 1 of 2)

"An employer’s first task is to identify the worst possible outcomes of an audit based upon the employer’s individual company characteristics. The best way to do this is to sit down with experienced audit counsel who can assist in developing the worst case scenario list. If there...

ICE delivers hefty fines for I-9 paperwork errors; a 'money grab'

"Mike Weir remembers the summer day that federal immigration agents came to his small lightning protection company nestled among cow pastures in Katy and asked to review all of his company's hiring paperwork. Weir said he knew what auditors would soon discover - that zero of his roughly...

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...

ICE on Electronic I-9 Audit Trails

"In the course of Employment Eligibility Verification Form 1-9 inspections, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and auditors are increasingly encountering businesses that utilize electronically generated Forms 1-9. This memorandum provides guidance to the HSI field offices on 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...

I-9 Audit Threatens Apple Packing Plant

"Hundreds of workers at a central Washington apple-packaging company could be laid off after a federal immigration audit. Crunch Pak notified its employees Friday that they need to provide documents proving they can work in the United States legally after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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...

Gambling on Immigration at a Dangerous Intersection (Merry Christmas, Ninja Squirrel!) - Nici Kersey

"Previously, employers deciding whether to undergo an audit needed to consider several factors. Among them: the cost of the audit, the risk that would be eliminated by the audit, whether the employer could take the time to correct violations discovered, and whether the business could survive the...

In Latest OCAHO Boondoggle, ICE Extracts $5,400 I-9 Fine from Dentist - USA v. Robert Schaus, D.D.S.

No unauthorized aliens were found in this ICE I-9 audit. The dental office is a sole proprietorship with no previous immigration violations. ICE wanted $10,030 in fines. OCAHO cut it back to $5,400. How many tax dollars were spent on this boondoggle, including ICE investigator salaries and OCAHO salaries...