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March 02, 2010
ICE serves 180 audit notices to businesses in 5 states
Employment records will be screened for compliance with federal law
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is issuing Notices of Inspection
(NOIs) to 180 businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. The notices alert
business owners that ICE will be inspecting their hiring records to determine whether or not they are
complying with employment eligibility verification laws and regulations.
Inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to enforce employment and
immigration laws. This new initiative is part of ICE's increased focus on holding employers accountable for
their hiring practices and efforts to ensure a legal workforce.
"ICE is committed to establishing a meaningful I-9 inspection program to promote compliance with the law.
This effort is a first step in ICE's long-term strategy to address and deter illegal employment," said Raymond
R. Parmer, Jr. acting special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in New Orleans.
Employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the
United States. This form requires employers to review and record the individual's identity document(s) and
determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and related to the individual.
Due to the ongoing, law enforcement sensitive nature of these audits, the names and locations of the
businesses will not be released at this time.
In 2009, ICE implemented a new, comprehensive strategy to reduce the demand for illegal employment and
protect employment opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce. Under this strategy, ICE is focusing its
resources on the auditing and investigation of employers suspected of cultivating illegal workplaces by
knowingly employing illegal workers. The initiative being launched today is a direct result of this new strategy.
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