Rules + Regs

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 www.constructiondive.com.

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.