Get Your I-9 Records in Shape -Audits and Enforcement Will Continue As Congress Debates Immigration Reform

9 Feb

If you thought you could relax your effort to maintain complete and accurate I-9 employee records because Congress will possibly pass immigration reform, think again. Are you aware that the U.S. Government spends more money on immigration enforcement than all other law enforcement combined?
A recent nonpartisan report from the Migration Policy Institute notes that the federal government spent $18 billion on immigration-related enforcement programs, an amount far greater than the combined budgets of the FBI, ATF, DEA and Secret Service (in fact, nearly $4 billion more). According to the report, “judging by resource levels, case volumes, and enforcement actions . . . immigration enforcement can thus be seen to rank as the federal government’s highest criminal law enforcement priority.”
In addition, resources spent by other agencies involved in immigration-related enforcement are not included in the $18 billion figure (for example, U.S. Customs & Immigration Service, Dept. of Labor, and Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel, not to mention state resources directed to immigration-related enforcement). There is no question that there has been a significant increase in immigration enforcement in recent years. Between 2005 and 2012, ICE’s funding alone increased from $3 billion to nearly $6 billion. There is also no question that the level of immigration enforcement seen in recent years will only continue. Employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on the forms section of http://www.uscis.gov. This form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.
Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.
Civil fines for form I-9 violations can range from $110 to $16,000 per violation, with repeat offenders receiving higher penalties.
You can keep up to date with I-9 requirements at Customs & Immigration Service’s I-9 Central
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=84c267ee5cb38210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=84c267ee5cb38210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

Department of Homeland Security and ICE have stated they plan to continue if not increase aggressive enforcement against employers.

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