Announced July 1, 2009, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency sent Notices of Inspection to 652 businessess nationwide, to review their I-9 and related employment records to determine compliance with Immigration laws. By comparison, ICE sent only 503 of these notices to employers for the entire year of 2008. As always, the stated purpose is to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for workers who have a legal right to work in the United States.
As for those employers who will receive these Notices, apparently they have been targeted by ICE, rather than simply being chosen at random. ICE reports that it has strategically selected these employers for audits, reportedly based on information and reports that ICE has received that the employers have allegedly hired illegal workers. ICE has announced its actions as part of an overall, nationwide enforcement strategy designed to concentrate and direct its resources towards companies that knowingly employ illegal workers. This appears to be a much more aggressive strategy than it has employed in the past.
It is yet another reminder to employers to complete and maintain proper I-9 records to insure compliance with immigration mandates.