U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been cracking down on businesses to ensure that all employees are legally allowed to work in the country.
In the seven months between October 2017 and May 2018, 2,282 audits were opened by ICE on employers, according to Newsweek. This is up significantly from the 1,360 audits opened during the last fiscal year, between October 2016 and September 2017. Acting executive associate director for ICE Homeland Security Investigations Derek N. Benner has plans for more audits this summer, placing the total at more than 5,000.
The new numbers were released just months after ICE publicly announced that it would begin heavy enforcement of a 1986 law that requires “employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their employees and created criminal and civil sanctions for employment related violations,” according to ICE.