ICE Audits Continue To Rise
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,(ICE), recently released audit statistics for FY 2012. The number of audits performed climbed to an all-time high of over 3,000 and resulted in over $13 million in fines for offending employers.
These numbers represent marked increases over the amounts of audits and fines from recent years. In FY 2007, the number of audits was around 250, and even as late as FY 2009, the amount of fines assessed was only around the $1 million mark. In addition, 238 company managers were arrested as a result of those audits.
This dramatic rise illustrates the enforcement focus of the current administration, and those numbers are expected to continue to grow in the coming years. ICE has employees in all 50 states and wields a total budget of over $5.65 billion, so their reach and resources are formidable.
Employers should ensure that all efforts are underway to ensure I-9 compliance and be prepared for heightened enforcement for the foreseeable future.
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