By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

During the week of July 16, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), swept across at least three states, Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas, delivering Notices of Inspection (NOI). According to an ICE official, HSI delivered 43 NOIs/subpoenas in Arkansas, 40 in West Tennessee, and an unknown number in Georgia.

Earlier in the year, ICE had concentrated on California in worksite enforcement. It was anticipated that ICE would go east with NOIs although it was unknown which states would be hit in these waves of NOIs.

Best advice for anyone who receives an NOI – retain an immigration attorney familiar with I-9 forms and worksite enforcement. Failure to obtain experienced legal counsel could be of great detriment to that employer.

Will your company be next? My advice is be prepared through an internal I-9 Audit. An immigration attorney familiar with I-9 forms and worksite enforcement is the perfect person to assist you in an internal I-9 audit.

If you want to know more information on employer immigration compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379.