MDIVANI CORPORATE IMMIGRATION UPDATE

I-9 Audit by ICE Reveals Washington Apple Orchard Had More than 900 Unauthorized Workers Causes Comp

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted an I-9 audit on a Washington apple orchard and revealed the orchard employed more than 900 hundred individuals who likely did not have work authorization. The audit resulted in an agreement between the orchard and ICE that the orchard would not face criminal liability if they paid more than $2 million in civil fines for the I-9 issues. Is this becoming the norm? This settlement agreement is rare compared to other reported ICE investigations. Usually, employers end up with both civil and criminal penalties, especially in cases with hundreds of unauthorized workers. Citing its reason for not pursuing criminal punishment, the government repres

Myths of Immigration Compliance

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has developed, and is implementing, a worksite enforcement program, wherein officers prosecute and fine employers for violations of employment and immigration laws. Instead of complying with the laws by implementing immigration plans, policies, and procedures, many employers choose to believe certain myths for peace of mind. Below is a quick list of those myths and an explanation as to why they should not be trusted. 1. "My company is not the type of company ICE is investigating." Most business owners tend to think since they are not conducting business within the traditional targeted industries, such as the construction or restaurant industries

2015 White House Report on Immigration and Employers

The White House recently issued a report outlining the executive branch’s goals in improving our current immigration system. The changes will be a product of joint efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of State (DOS), and the Department of Labor (DOL). Many of the measures put forth in this report intend to streamline and clarify parts of the employment-based immigration process. Below is a quick rundown of what the executive branch hopes to accomplish and how employers will likely benefit. Employment-based Visas and DOS DOS has agreed to ensure that the maximum number of availabl

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