ICE has major beef with Michigan dairy farm: owners sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $3 million in penalties

ICE has major beef with Michigan dairy farm: owners sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $3 million in penalties

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that the owners of a Michigan dairy farm had been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $3 million in penalties for hiring and harboring unauthorized workers.  As described below, this case represents the other end of the I-9 spectrum, where ICE will vigorously pursue employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers or engage in other crimes that facilitate such actions (human trafficking, alien smuggling, document fraud, abuse/exploitation, etc.) As we’ll see below, the fines and penalties can be quite severe. If you’re thinking this could never happen to your organization – it’s important to remember that I-9 compliance and verification failures are an extremely slippery slope, and that a missed I-9 today could easily turn into something a lot worse tomorrow." - John Fay, Nov. 9, 2011.