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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

Legal Workforce Act Would Require E-Verify Use by All U.S. Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 8, 2017, U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) – whose 1996 bill created the pilot for the E-Verify system – introduced to Congress “The Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) which would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify to check the work eligibility of new hires, according to a press release on Congressman Smith’s website. Continue reading

Trump Immigration Policy May Include Mandatory E-Verify for All Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The transition from President Barack Obama to incoming President Donald Trump could be a “very significant change of course” that would include changes in the immigration policy for the United States such as mandatory use of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, according to a report on the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) website. Continue reading

Employers Face New Background Check Laws and Issues in January 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Many employers in the United States will face several new laws and issues involving the background check process that will ring in the new year of 2016. Brief descriptions of some important background check laws and issues for 2016 that employers should be aware of in order to remain in compliance are listed below. For a list of important trends in the background check industry for 2016, please visit the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Top Ten Background Check Trends Page. Continue reading

New California Law Limits Misuse of E-Verify by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 622 which takes effect on January 1, 2016 and will limit the misuse of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system by prohibiting employers from using E-Verify in a manner not prescribed by federal law. Continue reading

E-Verify Extended to December 11 After Government Shutdown Avoided

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The E-Verify employment eligibility verification system due to expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015 was extended to December 11, 2015 within hours of the deadline as part of a continuing resolution that funded the federal budget short term to avoid a government shutdown, according to a report from The Daily Signal. Continue reading

Form I-9 Non-Compliance Leads to $600,000 Fine

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A company was fined more than $600,000 after the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued a decision finding the employer liable for more than 800 Form I-9 violations of hiring employees to work in the United States without properly examining and documenting their identity. The decision is at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2015/07/15/1255.pdf. 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