On January 20, 2011, Director Morton announced that ICE planned to intensify its crackdown on employers by establishing a new audit office, known as the "Employment Compliance Inspection Center," that will enhance its ability to review Forms I-9 for larger organizations. In the past, ICE has been criticized for focusing its worksite enforcement activities on smaller and mid-size businesses. Director Morton indicated that this new center would be staffed with specialists who would be able to review large numbers of Forms I-9 from organizations. According to Director Morton, the purpose of the new center is to provide support for regional immigration offices conducting large audits. In this regard, Director Morton emphasized that ICE would no longer be "limited by the size of a company."
In concert, the recent actions announced by the DHS and ICE provide additional motivation for organizations to include worksite enforcement and other immigration issues in their risk management and compliance programs