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The Obama Administration is increasing pressure on employers to only hire qualified employees. ICE will audit 1,000 companies’ I-9 files and the documents employees used to fill out the form.
“The inspections will touch on employers of all sizes and in every state in the nation - no one industry is being targeted nor is any one industry immune from scrutiny,” ICE said in a statement. The agency declined to name the businesses to be inspected.
Typically audits are performed at the state where the corporation is headquartered, but if agents have a reason to suspect otherwise, they may investigate anywhere the company has operations.
“I do think businesses should be more frightened. Companies across the U.S. need to take compliance seriously. It’s ridiculous to say you are not doing anything. We will wait until the federal government knocks at door,” Dawn Lurie, who advises businesses on immigration compliance, said.