U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 10 employers in the San Diego area were fined $173,800 by ICE during fiscal year 2012 for various immigration employment-related violations. The largest fine was $50,000 against Balboa Ambulance.
Below is a list of the other businesses in the San Diego area that received final fine notices from ICE in fiscal year 2012:
Aquarius Yacht Services – $13,744
El Sol Meat Market – $24,050
Harmony Egg Ranch – $9,000
International Consolidated Cargo – $7,480
Mexicali Chicken and Salad – $21,500
Old Town Buffet – $15,000
Rocha Trucking Parking Inc. – $8,000
Stanford Sign and Awning Inc. – $9,600
TDG Aerospace – $15,427
The $173,800 in civil fines lodged against area San Diego-area companies in fiscal year 2012 represents an 18 percent increase over fiscal year 2011, when ICE imposed $146,577 in civil fines locally against 11 employers.
In fiscal year 2012, HSi-ICE conducted 151 worksite audits in the San Diego area, compared to 86 audits the previous year and 63 audits in fiscal year 2010.
It is refreshing that ICE published these statistics concerning fines as a couple of years ago, ICE discontinued its practice of publishing all fines issued due to I-9 audits. Now, it appears they are publishing year-end statistics by area or Region. I previously blogged about the fines issued in a number of New England states. Stay tuned to see if more areas' ICE fines are published.
Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the at Nashville Office of Siskind Susser, P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law, with an emphasis on immigration compliance for employers, and employment/labor law. Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982 and a B.S. degree from Florida State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Buchanan has been in private practice since 2003. Beforehand, he served as Senior Trial Specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. He also served from 1991 to 2003 as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, where he taught courses in Labor Law and Employment Law. Mr. Buchanan was chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section from 2011 to 2012 and has been the editor of the TBA's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and the TBA's Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter since 2009. Mr. Buchanan is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration compliance as well as labor law, wage & hour law and proposed federal legislation. He is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as the Advocacy Liaison of the Mid-South Chapter of AILA. Mr. Buchanan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and is an associate member of the Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors. Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.