Immigration Newsletter

Thursday, November 19, 2009

1,000 NEW WORKPLACE AUDITS

ICE ASSISTANT SECRETARY JOHN MORTON ANNOUNCES 1,000 NEW WORKPLACE AUDITS TO HOLD EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR HIRING PRACTICES

WASHINGTON—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John

Morton today announced the issuance of Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 1,000 employers across the

country associated with critical infrastructure—alerting business owners that ICE will audit their

hiring records to determine compliance with employment eligibility verification laws.

“ICE is focused on finding and penalizing employers who believe they can unfairly get ahead by

cultivating illegal workplaces,” said Assistant Secretary Morton. “We are increasing criminal and

civil enforcement of immigration-related employment laws and imposing smart, tough employer

sanctions to even the playing field for employers who play by the rules.”

The 1,000 businesses served with audit notices this week were selected for inspection as a result of

investigative leads and intelligence and because of the business’ connection to public safety and

national security—for example, privately owned critical infrastructure and key resources. The names

and locations of the businesses will not be released at this time due to the ongoing, law enforcement

sensitive nature of these audits.