Yu, South & Associates just learned from “The Daily Journal” of New Jersey that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have fined 13 employers in New Jersey nearly $640,000 for hiring undocumented workers, part of the Obama administration's increased focus on targeting businesses that fail to ensure their employees are eligible to work in the U.S.
This amount averages about $50K in fines against each US employer for hiring illegal workers is about 14 times more than the fines levied in all of fiscal year 2009, when four employers in the state were fined $44,728 in total.
ICE spokesperson Harold Ort in Newark said Thursday that the fines are part of the agency's focus on building cases against "egregious employers," and increasing enforcement of immigration-related employment law, without disclosing the names of the business.
Ort said the agency conducts "silent raids" by checking forms that document a person's eligibility to work in the United States. The move is part of a nationwide push by ICE to create, as Ort said, "a culture of voluntary compliance among employers."
"(Employers) need to understand that the integrity of their employment records is just as important to the federal government as the integrity of their tax files or banking records," he said.
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