U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) announced that it has signed up 25 Puerto Rican companies to its IMAGE system, increasing the total number of companies enrolled in its program to approximately 225 employers. This represents a 12.5% increase in enrollment for a federal program that had not previously gained much traction with US employers. By way of background, IMAGE is a Federal program, established in 2006, that is best described as E-Verify Plus, with ICE giving employers a two-year audit pass as long as they pass a minimum compliance threshold, including having ICE forensic auditors review company historical I-9 records.

So, what is going on in Puerto Rico to cause 25 companies to enroll on the same day? For now we have no answers, but it could be part of a government initiative to mitigate fines against the affected employers pursuant to an active I-9 investigation. One thing is for sure, the local USCIS office has been successful in its IMAGE recruiting drive. In the meantime, let’s address the benefits IMAGE gives employers:
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