• ICE has announced a new enforcement initiative targeting employers who may not be in compliance with employment eligibility verification and hiring laws and regulations. On July 1, 2009, ICE issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses, which is more than were issued throughout the latest government fiscal year. The NOIs came as the result of leads from a variety of sources, including complaints from employees and customers and employers' improper immigration filings, and advised the employers that ICE would be inspecting their I-9 and hiring records. All U.S. employers are required to complete and maintain Forms I-9 for all employees. Employers should have a solid employment eligibility verification program in place, including procedures for hiring and ensuring continued I-9 compliance, and be prepared for "surprise" visits from ICE.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation has been ordered to pay a $40,000 fine to settle the government's case for immigration law violations. ICE's investigation and audit of the company's Forms I-9 was prompted by information from the local sheriff's office regarding employment of dozens of illegal workers at one of Krispy Kreme's factories in Cincinnati.