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E-Verify System Will Move Closer to Becoming Mandatory Requirement for All U.S. Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in Congress in 2017 – “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) – hopes to make the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system a “mandatory and permanent” requirement for U.S. employers to ensure the workers they hire are legally eligible to work in the United States. This move toward the mandatory use of E-Verify is trend number 10 of the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2018 selected by global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading

ICE Administrative Arrests and Interior Removals Increased During Trump Administration

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released immigration enforcement statistics for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 that are available at “ICE Impact in FY 2017” and reveal that  ICE totaled 143,473 administrative arrests in FY 2017, with 110,568 of those arrests occurring after start of the Administration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, a 42 percent increase over the same time period in FY 2016. Continue reading

ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan has indicated he instructed the investigative unit of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to potentially quadruple worksite enforcement actions next year while speaking at an event focused on enforcing immigration laws and strengthening border security, according a video recording of the event available on C-SPAN. Continue reading

Tree Trimming Company to Pay Record $95 Million Fine for Unlawful Employment of Illegal Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 28, 2017, Asplundh Tree Experts, Co. – one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States – was sentenced to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $80,000,000.00 and an additional $15,000,000.00 to satisfy civil claims arising out of their failure to comply with U.S. immigration law by unlawfully employing illegal workers, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Continue reading

Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Federal agents have arrested twenty-one recruiters and employers from across the United States for allegedly conspiring with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain foreign worker visas through a “pay to stay” scam uncovered by a fake diploma mill created by the government called the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), according a press release from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey. Continue reading

Form I-9 Audit Results in Nearly $2 Million Fine for Hotel

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that a hotel chain will forfeit nearly $2 million to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for hiring unauthorized workers –including illegal aliens – following a Form I-9 audit and a non-prosecution agreement between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), according to a news release from ICE. Continue reading

ICE Cracks Down on Form I-9 Compliance by Handing Notices of Inspection to 1000 Businesses

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched its latest crackdown on Form I-9 compliance and the hiring illegal workers by handing a Notice of Inspection (NOI) to approximately 1,000 businesses in the past few weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324755104579071331936331534.html.

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Company Forfeits 2 Million Dollars to DHS for Hiring Illegal Workers and Agrees to Use E-Verify

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently announced in a press release that a Houston, Texas-based tree trimming company has avoided criminal prosecution for employing illegal workers by agreeing to forfeit $2 million to the DHS related to revenue derived from the employment of illegal workers. The company has also agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures that include the use of E-Verify, a free electronic employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. government. The press release from ICE is available at: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120518houston.htm. Continue reading

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Issues New Round of Notices of Inspection to Employers

In a new round of inspections to determine if employers in the United States are violating employment laws by hiring unauthorized workers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to various employers around the country. The NOIs give businesses notice that ICE will conduct inspections for compliance of Employment Eligibility Verification Forms (Form I-9s) that require employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. Continue reading

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fines Several New England Companies for Hiring Illegal Workers

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – has fined 14 New England employers during this fiscal year for various violations that enabled companies to hire illegal workers, according to a news release from ICE. The fines in the New England region, which include two companies in Maine and Massachusetts accounting for over $200,000 of the fine settlements, follow an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents used to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired workers. Continue reading