ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be expanding their investigations into business practices that hire immigrants.
They will be conducting more than twice the investigations into companies to make sure they are hiring individuals that are permitted to work in the United States.
The federal agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws inside the U.S. is on track to launch more than twice as many investigations this year into whether U.S. companies are hiring workers legally or if they're taking on immigrants who don't have work authorization.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday it has opened 3,510 work-site probes, launched 2,282 audits of I-9 employment eligibility documents, and arrested nearly 600 people on criminal charges and another 600 on work-site administrative charges from October, the beginning of the fiscal year, through May 4.
In fiscal year 2017, ICE opened a total of 1,700 investigations, commenced 1,360 audits, and arrested a little more than 300 people total.
The dramatic uptick in prosecutions is the result of a directive ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan issued last fall in which he called for the agency's Homeland Security Investigations team to more closely track that employers were verifying legal documents of job applicants and their ability to work in the U.S.
“Employers need to understand that the integrity of their employment records is just as important to the federal government as the integrity of their tax files and banking records,” acting executive associate director for HSI, Derek N. Benner, said in a statement. “Work-site enforcement protects jobs for U.S. citizens and others who are lawfully employed, eliminates unfair competitive advantages for companies that hire an illegal workforce, and strengthen public safety and national security.”
Unfortunately in some areas this has become a problem, especially in self proclaimed sanctuary cities. There are legal ways to go about things, and the laws that are in place must be enforced. Not only is the practice unfair to U.S. citizens looking for work, but even the illegal that has the job is typically being paid far less wages than they would be as a legal citizen. But there are also large corporations and tech companies that are paying top wages to the right people. They seem to just not care about the citizenship status of their employees, if it is someone they wish to hire.
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