On September 13, 2012, Congress extended the E-Verify program for three additional years. E-Verify is the mostly voluntary program that allows registered users to electronically verify the name and work authorization of new hires against various government databases. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), reported that Immigration Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), the agency within DHS that is responsible for worksite enforcement, has audited more than 6,000 employers and imposed over $76 million in fines and other financial sanctions since FY 2009. ICE has also prosecuted hundreds of employers for criminal violations of the immigration laws. Secretary Napolitano also reported that during FY 2012, ICE has issued more than 2,600 Form I-9 audit notices, criminally arrested 91 managers, and criminally charged an additional 220 employer representatives for violating laws relating to employment eligibility verification. During this same period, ICE recovered a record $36.6 million in fines, forfeitures, and restitutions.
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Congress extends E-Verify as ICE expands worksite enforcement efforts
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