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ICE work-site investigations are double compared with previous fiscal year

In May, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it has doubled the amount of ongoing work-site cases this fiscal year compared with the previous fully completed fiscal year, according to

From Oct. 1, 2017, through May 4, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opened 3,510 work-site investigations, initiated 2,282 I-9 audits and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative work site-related arrests. During fiscal year 2017 from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017, HSI opened 1,716 work-site investigations, initiated 1,360 I-9 audits, and made 139 criminal and 172 administrative work site-related arrests.

HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Derek N. Benner said in a statement the agency's work-site enforcement strategy continues to focus on the criminal prosecution of employers that knowingly break the law, as well as the use of I-9 audits and civil fines to encourage compliance.