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ICE seeking undocumented workers via audits

In a recent post we wrote about the use of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by employers to check to make sure the individuals they are hiring are authorized to work in the United States. This is important to do because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency could launch an investigation into any business at any time. Recently, the government decided to employ a tactic last used 2009, called “silent raids.”

These raids consist of notifying employers that they need to provide employee paperwork to the government for an audit. Requested documents include:

  • Payroll sheets
  • Work rosters
  • I-9 employee eligibility forms

If the audit determines that the paperwork for any employee is deficient, the employer has the opportunity to ask the employee to provide legitimate documentation. In the alternative, the worker can opt to quit.

There are certain types of employers that are being targeted in the latest round of audits. They include businesses in the manufacturing industry, agriculture, food processing and restaurants. These types of businesses are the focus due to the frequency in which undocumented workers are hired to work.

These audits can have an impact on both employers as well as employees. An audit could suddenly leave a business without the manpower needed to successfully run. In addition, they could face fines. Workers could find themselves suddenly out of work and unsure where they will find another job.

Businesses of all types, including those targeted in the most recent round of audits, would likely find that they experience the best outcome by working with an immigration lawyer ahead of time. Being in compliance could save a business a lot of time, energy and money, ultimately making it more profitable.

Source: Fox News Latino, “ICE Cracks Down On The Hiring Of Undocumented Workers Through 'Silent Raid',” Sept. 13, 2013

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