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 …Continue reading "ICE Administrative Arrests and Interior Removals Increased During Trump Administration"
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 …Continue reading "ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws"
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 …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 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 …Continue reading "Legal Workforce Act Would Require E-Verify Use by All U.S. Employers"
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 …Continue reading "Trump Immigration Policy May Include Mandatory E-Verify for All Employers"
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 …Continue reading "Employers Face New Background Check Laws and Issues in January 2016"
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 "New California Law Limits Misuse of E-Verify by Employers"
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 …Continue reading "E-Verify Extended to December 11 After Government Shutdown Avoided"
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 …Continue reading "Form I-9 Non-Compliance Leads to $600,000 Fine"
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. …Continue reading "Form I-9 Audit Results in Nearly $2 Million Fine for Hotel"