On November 19, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced the issuance of Notices of Inspection to 1,000 U.S. employers and business owners whose hiring records (Forms I-9) ICE plans to audit. Compared to previous years, this is a tremendous increase in ICE’s effort to actively deter unlawful employment practices and to uncover illegal alien workers. These workplace audits have already led to significant fines and debarment to the employers, as well as detention and deportation of illegal workers.

U.S. employers should review their I-9 policies and internal records to ensure compliance with federal employment verification laws.

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