ICE Issues 1,000 Notices of Inspection
In today’s Wall Street Journal, an article by Miriam
Jordan, More ‘Silent Raids’ Over Immigration, tells us that ICE,a
unit of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued Notices of Inspection (NOI)
to 1,000 ‘critical infrastructure and key resources’ companies across all 50 states,
including food production, information technology, financial services, and construction.
ICE auditors and special agents will inspect the Forms I-9 (employment eligibility verification
forms) of these employers for errors as well as workers not authorized to work in
the United States.
Since October 1, 2010, ICE has now issued 2,338 NOIs which is already greater than the 2,196
issued in the prior year and this year is not over until the end of September.
Unfortunately, many employers are not prepared for an ICE audit. Surprises are not easy to prepare
for, but employers should periodically self-audit their Forms I-9, create a Standard
Operating Procedure (SOP) manual covering company practices regarding Form I-9, E-Verify,
and SSA No-Match Letters, and regularly train the staff that completes Forms I-9 on
the contents of the SOP manual. Employers should also document when the training sessions
are held and attendees.
Employers can take additional steps such as considering joining the new updated IMAGE program
from ICE. ICE has relaxed the program’s requirements to lessen the burden on employers
and promote participation in the program.
This weblog is sponsored by TALX.
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