U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced a three-prong approach to ensuring U.S. employers are hiring legally authorized workers. ICE’s strategy focuses on:
- Compliance, through increased I-9 inspections, civil fines and referrals for debarment from immigration benefit programs like Labor Condition Applications and PERM Labor Certifications;
- Enforcement, through arrests of not only of workers employed without proper authorization but also of the employers who hire them; and
- Outreach, through the Ice Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program.