In 2012, the ICE made it a point to increase the number of audits of the employer I-9 forms, which is a form required for every employee, citizen and noncitizen.
These forms are filled out by employees before they begin to work for a company. The employer must review these forms carefully and examine the information to confirm that a person is eligible to work and has genuine documentation that proves it.
According to newly released data from the ICE, audits of I-9 forms went up by more than 3,000 audits in 2012. In the 2007 fiscal year, there were only 250 audits made.
From Fiscal 2009 to 2012, there was naturally an increase in the money collected from fines. Fines grew from $1 million to $13 million.
Obama’s administration has been honest about its intent to place fines on companies who hire undocumented workers. Even as President Obama pushes for immigration reform, he plans to continue to stand firm against companies who do not follow immigration laws.
The audits consists of the ICE checking the payroll records to find names with social security numbers or other identification numbers that do not match.
In 2012, the two states with the most fines were Texas and New Jersey. The highest fine was of $394,944 to a company in Minnesota.