Employers Beware: Ice Director Warns Of ‘quintupling’ Worksite Enforcement Actions

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In statements made to the Heritage Foundation on October 17, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan stated that he has instructed the agency to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement actions next year.

As reported by CNN , Homan stated that "We've already increased the number of inspections in work site operations, you will see that significantly increase this next fiscal year." Homan further elaborated that "When we find you at a worksite, we're no longer going to turn our heads," Homan elaborated after the event. "We'll go after the employer who knowingly hires an illegal alien[.]”

Specifically, the news outlet reports that Homan directed agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to audit how much of their time is spent on worksite enforcement, and to accordingly increase such efforts "by four to five times."

Given the Trump Administration’s heavy hand on immigration enforcement, we have previously warned employers of the spectre of increased worksite enforcement, especially in the context of Form I-9 compliance. U.S. businesses of all sizes – including those who do not employ foreign workers – would be well-advised to ensure their Form I-9 records and processes are in full compliance.

Contact us today for more information relating to changing administrative priorities and ensuring your immigration-related obligations are met.

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Jonathan A. Grode Jonathan Grode serves as the Practice Director for the Firm. Jonathan has worked continuously in the U.S. business immigration law field since 1999 and has amassed considerable experience obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for new company start-ups, professional workers, artists and entertainers, athletes, physicians, and scientific researchers. In addition, Jonathan has significant experience dealing with Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions as well as with EB-5 Investor filings. Jonathan has been a panelist and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, French Chamber for Commerce and Industry (Paris, France), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He also writes regularly for industry publications and academic journals. In addition, Jonathan is an Adjunct Faculty at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where he teaches Business Immigration Law, Advising Global Corporations, and Law Practice Management. Notably, Jonathan has been listed as one of SuperLawyers Rising Stars from 2012-2016. He has also been honored with the 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for “Dedication and Commitment to the High School Mock Trial Competition”, for which he has served as Lead Author for the past 10 years. Jonathan graduated first in his class from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2008.


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