ICE to audit 1,000 companies in search of undocumented immigrants

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that it will inspect the documents of more than 1,000 U.S. companies to verify whether their employees are working legally in the country. This action is part of a strong campaign launched by the federal government against businesses suspected of having hired undocumented workers.

Last month I reported that ICE established the Employment Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC) aimed at increasing the number of audits of large companies to identify undocumented workers.

According to an article in the Wall Street JournalAs a result of these government audits, this new round of audits targets several regional fast food restaurant chains. Because of these government audits, for example, the Chipotle Mexican Grill chain laid off 450 employees in Minnesota, and the company's employee records in Virginia and Washington, D.C. are also being reviewed.

ICE will be examining documentation including I-9 forms, used to verify an employee's identity and whether he or she is authorized to work in the US.

What should a company do if it receives a notice from ICE? Here I give the explanation in a television segment: