Immigration Law

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Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Florida Roadside Assistance Services Company
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Apr. 6, 2017 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Brickell Financial Services Motor Club, Inc., d/b/a Road America Motor Club, Inc. (Road America), headquartered in Miami, Florida. The settlement resolves the department’s... Read More

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

USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Form I-9
Posted on 27 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 24, 2015 - "USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register on Nov. 24, 2015, to inform the public of proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification . The public may provide comments on the proposed changes for 60... Read More

Tags: changes , comment , I-9 , USCIS

Should Employees Provide Phone Numbers, Email Addresses on Form I-9?
Posted on 21 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The federal government’s updated employment verification Form I-9, which went into use on May 7, 2013 , includes two new optional fields in Section 1 calling for the new hire’s personal e-mail address and telephone number. The fields... Read More

Panda Express Serves Up $600K to DOJ in I-9 Violation Settlement
Posted on 30 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, June 28, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express), a restaurant chain with over 1,800 locations in the United States. The agreement resolves the department’s... Read More

E-Verify's New Lock: Like it or Not, This is a Big Deal!
Posted on 25 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The enhancement “enables USCIS to lock a SSN that appears to have been misused, protecting it from further potential misuse in E-Verify.” What does this mean? It means that E-Verify is actually getting better at doing what it’s... Read More

Immigration Voices: Baring My Teeth at I-9 Enforcement Inequalities
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Here we go with another guest column from Nicole (Nici) Kersey who offers a witty, wise and worthy post on the inequities and inanities of the worksite enforcement scheme concocted by Congress in 1990, a flawed system of employer deputization of... Read More

Tags: paparelli , kersey , I-9

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

SoCal Temp Staffing Co. Settles I-9 Claim for $175K
Posted on 16 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Aug. 15, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with TEG Staffing Inc., also known as Eastridge Workforce Solutions, a temporary staffing agency headquartered in San Diego, to resolve allegations that their Mira Mesa, California... Read More

Joint DHS / DOJ Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits
Posted on 15 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dec. 14, 2015 - "The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the issuance of a joint Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal... Read More

Tags: guidance , audit , I-9 , DHS , DOJ

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

DOJ Sues Vegas Casino for I-9 Problems
Posted on 1 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Tuscany Hotel and Casino LLC in Las Vegas, alleging that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification and re-verification... Read More

Tags: casino , I-9 , tuscany , DOJ

$225K Settlement in Wa. I-9 Tussle: Wa. Potato Co. & Pasco Processing
Posted on 18 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, May 17, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing, LLC, which operate a fruit and vegetable processing facility located in Pasco, Washington. The... Read More

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