According to a recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Obama administration has achieved record-breaking immigration enforcement statistics in the past 20 months. Of particular note is the unprecedented number of convicted criminal aliens being identified and removed from the country.
Since January 2009, ICE audited more than 3,200 employers suspected of hiring illegal employees, debarred 225 companies and individuals, and imposed approximately $50 million in financial sanctions. In fiscal year 2010, ICE removed more than 392,000 illegal aliens (of which more than 195,000 were convicted criminals) … a 70% increase from the previous administration.
“This administration has focused on enforcing our immigration laws in a smart, effective manner that prioritizes public safety and national security and holds employers accountable who knowingly and repeatedly break the law,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Protect your business from damaging fines and even criminal arrests with a properly completed Form I-9 for every new employee.
The "ICEy" grip of immigration enforcement felt by 500+ businesses
10 tips for surviving an I-9 audit
That knock on your office door may be Homeland Security