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Feel the Chill: ICE Targets Employers for Immigration Violations

July 16, 2007

Authors: Ross H. Garber

Federal prosecutors and agents have significantly increased their efforts to combat the employment of undocumented workers in the United States. The primary investigation and enforcement organization in this effort is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which was created in 2003 as part of the Patriot Act. Many companies are under the false impression that the punishment for workplace immigration violations consists of a fine – simply the cost of doing business in today’s economic reality. The days where an employer or company would merely be hit with a fine, however, are long over. In fact, ICE has all but abandoned administrative fines in favor of criminal charges against managers and owners and the seizure of company assets.

In the attached articles, Ross Garber and Shana-Tara Regon discuss five tips every employer should keep in mind.

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