ICE Increasing I-9 Audits This Summer

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Is your company ready for an I-9 audit?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning a nationwide increase of Form I-9 audits this summer, according to an article published on May 23 by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

The article stated that ICE has opened more worksite investigations in the first seven months of this fiscal year than the agency completed in the prior year. Additionally, arrests related to worksite enforcement have nearly quadrupled, according to SHRM.

ICE starts an audit by sending the employer what HR practitioners refer to as the “three-day letter.” When an employer receives the letter, the company has three days to prepare for the audit.

Derek Benner is the acting executive associate director for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations. In an interview with the Associate Press, Benner said that ICE intends to conduct up to 15,000 Form I-9 audits per year. This will be completed by electronically scanning documents in a not-yet-created national inspection center.

Since October 2017, ICE has opened 3,510 worksite investigations, initiated 2,282 I-9 audits, and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests. That's up from 1,716 investigations, 1,360 I-9 audits, 139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests the previous fiscal year, according to SHRM.

If you would like assistance making sure your I-9 documents and processes are compliant, please contact your Bandura Plus representative, or Anita Buchanan at anita.buchanan@banduraplus.com.

Anita is the company’s human resources compliance expert and has extensive experience helping companies audit and manage their Form I-9 processes.