On January 26, 2011, the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held a hearing on worksite enforcement issues. Kumar Kibble, Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) noted that in fiscal year 2010, ICE initiated a record 2,746 worksite enforcement investigations, more than doubling the number of cases initiated in FY 2008. He said ICE is prioritizing the criminal prosecution of employers “who knowingly hire undocumented workers, abuse and exploit their workers, engage in the smuggling or trafficking of their alien workforce, or facilitate document or benefit fraud.” He noted that over the past two years, the Department of Homeland Security “has engaged in record enforcement” and has removed more people in 2009 and 2010 “than in any point in the history of our country, including more than 195,000 criminal aliens last year.”

The full hearing testimony is available here.