November 28, 2015

ICE Audits and Fines Reach All-Time High in 2012

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a record number of companies faced Form I-9 inspections in 2012, resulting in the audit of more than 3,000 employers in 2012 alone. Concurrently, recently released ICE data shows that fines levied by the agency totaled almost $13 million between fiscal 2009 to 2012, with the number of company managers arrested reaching 238.

According to ICE, the bolstered enforcement effort, which entails comparing payroll records and information found on Forms I-9 with employees’ data in government databases, emphasizes “compliance and deterrence.” According to Brian Bench, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Seattle, Wash., office, “[I]f companies know we're out there, looking across the board, they're more likely to bring themselves into compliance."

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Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez, global Immigration Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, employment-based immigrant counsel, compliance audit lawyer, corporate restructuring law

Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez focuses her practice on global business immigration matters. She advises corporate and individual clients in a variety of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant cases. She advises corporations on Form I-9 and E-Verify employment verification matters, including compliance audits, due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration-related defense in connection with worksite enforcement investigations. Nataliya also conducts Form I-9 and E-Verify trainings and frequently authors articles regarding immigration compliance issues. She...