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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents this week served notices of inspection at 77 Northern California businesses in an effort to root out illegal workers.
The so called I 9 audit notices were delivered to businesses in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, said ICE spokesman James Schwab. He would not name the businesses.
Mariela Garcia, community organizer at Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose, said Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network received calls this week about workplace audits. The network was able to confirm that two businesses were audited, but Garcia did not name them.
put people in a lot of panic, Garcia said. have people who are quitting their jobs. notice of inspection alerts a business owner that Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE, is going to audit their hiring records to determine if they are in compliance with the law, Schwab said. Employers are required to produce their company I 9s within three days, after which an inspection is conducted. legally.
The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines if businesses cannot produce valid forms, and are in keeping with ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan previous statement that he has directed HSI to step up worksite enforcement.
actions taken this week reflect HSI stepped up efforts to enforce the laws that prohibit businesses from hiring illegal workers, Schwab said. citizens and others who are lawfully employed,
he continued, unfair competitive advantages for companies that hire an illegal workforce, and strengthening public safety and national security.
In fiscal year 2017, HSI conducted 1,360 I 9 audits and made 139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests. Businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeiture, fines and restitution and $7.8 million in civil fines, according to an ICE press release.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with this week audits, Schwab said.
A renewed national debate over immigration has seen questions resurface about the effectiveness of E Verify, a 21 year old electronic program designed to filter out undocumented immigrants who apply for jobs. Some immigration experts have likened it to a political fig leaf, with so many significant flaws and loopholes that it allows employers to continue to knowingly hire undocumented workers with few repercussions.
However, a portion of employers don use E Verify for new hires because they know government audits of traditional paper forms are so few and far between, said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity,
in an interview with this news organization earlier last month.