The federal agencies that are responsible for enforcing the nation's immigration laws remain active. In June 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") announced that it had issued Form I-9 audit notices to another 1,000 companies across a broad range of industries. This continues the Obama administration's aggressive worksite enforcement activities against employers.
On May 17, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced a settlement with Iflowsoft LLC, a New Jersey-based company that provides computer programming services ("Iflowsoft"). The DOJ alleged that Iflowsoft had discriminated against American citizens by preferring H-1B visa holders for positions at the company. The action followed a complaint filed by an American citizen who was refused employment. Under the settlement, Iflowsoft must pay $13,558 in administrative penalties plus back pay.
On April 25, 2011, the owner of a personnel company that provided undocumented workers to hotels and restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 56 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The conviction followed an investigation by ICE that found that the defendant's company has supplied more than 100 undocumented workers and also received kickbacks for each illegal employee it placed.