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Employers Face Increasing Scrutiny Over Hiring Illegal Workers

Despite the Obama administration’s movement towards immigration reform, more and more employers are being audited to determine if they are employing illegal immigrants.  In 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) audited the I-9 forms of over 3,000 employers, up from only 250 employers just 5 years ago.  Not only have employer fines increased from $1 million to nearly $13 million over the past several years, but ICE has also enhanced its enforcement activities by pursuing hundreds of company owners, managers and human resources personnel, seizing property and bank accounts, and even sending some to prison for immigration-related charges.

For more information on the employer’s I-9 obligations, contact Ted Barron, or a member of KDDK’s Labor & Employment Law practice team.