• U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is launching an E-Verify Self Check online program that will allow workers to review their own immigration status. The program is intended to allow users to catch errors in their immigration records and correct them before applying for jobs and possibly failing employers' E-Verify check. The Self Check program is starting in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia, and DC and should be extended to over 20 states by the end of 2012.
  • A joint ICE, Department of Homeland Security and FBI investigation led to an employment agency owner's conviction and sentencing in a recruitment scheme case. The agency in Chamblee, Georgia was engaged in a conspiracy to harbor illegal workers and provide them with restaurant jobs in Georgia and neighboring states. The agency actively recruited undocumented workers and charged them or business owners fees for transportation and placement in low-paying jobs. The agency owner was sentenced to two years in federal prison with a subsequent three-year supervised release, and a monetary fine. Additionally, herself a foreign national, the owner is likely to be placed in deportation proceedings upon completion of her sentence.