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Why Are I-9 Lessons So Hard to Learn? - The Abercrombie & Fitch Files
Posted on 26 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You'd think a million-dollar fine would have hammered home the lesson. Nearly five years ago, that's what retailer Abercrombie & Fitch paid ICE to settle an I-9 audit beef. Seems the company's hand-crafted, artisanal electronic I-9 system... Read More

Fed Rack Up Major Immigration-Related Fines, Settlements Against Employers
Posted on 5 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Apple Orchard Fined $2.25M - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a multimillion dollar settlement Tuesday with Prescott-based Broetje Orchards, LLC, for its civil violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act... Read More

ICE I-9 Audits in Georgia Net Almost $900K in Fines
Posted on 3 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: Georgia , fines , I-9 , ICE

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2M Fine Against Utah Luxury Hotel
Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: audit , I-9 , Utah , ICE

Companies pay millions for hiring unauthorized workers
Posted on 25 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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"... Read More

Tags: fines , I-9 , ICE

Wash. Herb Grower Fined $1M for Knowingly Hiring Unauthorized Workers; Company Hired and Concealed Workers During I-9 Audit
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: audit , fine , I-9 , ICE

ICE I-9 Raids Net $173K+ in San Diego Area
Posted on 6 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: fines , I-9 , ICE

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process
Posted on 26 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: inspections , report , oig , I-9 , DHS , ICE

I-9 bust at Mich. dairy farm leads to probation for owners, almost $3M in fines
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Why the I-9 Audit Process is More Like Football Than Soccer
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" 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... Read More

Tags: paparelli , quill , audit , I-9 , ICE

Fresh Round of I-9 'Desktop Raids' Targets Hiring of Unauthorized Workers
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Steel foundry in Berkeley loses one third of workforce to I-9 'silent raid'
Posted on 23 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

I-9 Audits on the Rise
Posted on 24 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: Audits , I-9 , ICE

SEC Joins Probe of Chipotle Hiring Practices
Posted on 19 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: chipotle , SEC , I-9 , DHS , DOJ , ICE

Employers Around the Country Report a New Round of ICE I-9 Audits
Posted on 7 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: Audits , I-9 , ICE