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    ICE fines Maine companies hiring unlawful employees

    I.C.E.News Release

    November 15, 2012
    Portland, ME

    ICE fines Maine companies hiring unlawful employees

    Worksite enforcement strategy holds employers accountable for violations


    PORTLAND, Maine – Following an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), eight Maine employers were fined a total of $78,966.50 in fiscal year (FY) 2012 for various employment violations. The inspection of the employers' documents is part of HSI's worksite enforcement strategy that launched in 2009 to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce. This strategy focuses agency resources on the investigation and audit of employers suspected of cultivating illegal workplaces by hiring workers who are not authorized to work.

    Employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire. This form requires employers to review and record the individual's identity and employment eligibility document(s) and determine whether the document(s) reasonably appears to be genuine and related to the individual. Additionally, an employer must ensure that the employee provides certain information regarding his or her eligibility to work, on the Form I-9.

    Fines in Maine in FY 2012 include:

    • Artstock Inc., aka Artist & Craftsman Supply Company, of Portland was fined $12,584;
    • ASAP Taxi of Portland was fined $7,153;
    • Farrens Harvesting and Land Leveling Inc. of Columbia was fined $9,490;
    • King China Inc. of Calais was fined $9,100;
    • Maine International Labor Inc. of West Gardner was fined $13,898.50;
    • My Tai Inc. of Presque Isle was fined $13,744;
    • New Fay Da Restaurant Inc., aka Happy China Buffet, of Bangor was fined $11,220; and
    • Three Sons Lobster and Fish of Portland was fined $1,777.


    "These settlements serve as a reminder to employers that HSI will continue to hold them accountable for hiring and maintaining a legal and compliant workforce," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. Foucart oversees HSI throughout New England. "We encourage employers to take the employment verification process seriously, as we expand the number of audits we are conducting throughout Maine each year. My agency will continue to focus its attention on employers that are knowingly employing illegal workers and will continue to target specific industries and businesses known or alleged to hire illegals."

    During FY 2012, HSI conducted 22 inspections of employers' I-9 documents in Maine. In previous years, HSI conducted 23 inspections in FY 2011, 11 in FY 2010 and five in FY 2009.

    In previous years, the fines in Maine were:

    • FY 2011: HSI issued fines for worksite violations against six companies totaling $150,018.38;
    • FY 2010: HSI issued fines for worksite violations against two companies totaling $7,012.50; and
    • FY 2009: HSI issued fines for worksite violations against one company totaling $9,753.


    HSI worksite investigations
    Effective worksite enforcement plays an important role in the fight against illegal immigration. HSI has developed a comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy that promotes national security, protects critical infrastructure and targets employers who violate employment laws or engage in abuse or exploitation of workers.

    An effective worksite enforcement strategy must address both employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, as well as the workers themselves. In worksite cases, HSI investigators adhere to high investigative standards, including the following:

    • HSI will look for evidence of the mistreatment of workers, along with evidence of trafficking, smuggling, harboring, visa fraud, identification document fraud, money laundering and other such criminal conduct; and
    • HSI will obtain indictments, criminal arrests or search warrants, or a commitment from a U.S. attorney's office to prosecute the targeted employer before arresting employees for civil immigration violations at a worksite.




    HSI also works with the private sector to educate employers about their responsibilities to hire only authorized workers and how to accurately verify employment eligibility, through such tools as the IMAGE program
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    IMAGE program
    Undocumented workers create vulnerabilities in today's marketplace by presenting false documents to gain employment, completing applications for fraudulent benefits and stealing identities of legal United States workers. To combat this, ICE initiated the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program in 2006. As part of the IMAGE program, ICE provides employers with education and training on proper hiring procedures, including use of employment screening tools such as E-Verify. IMAGE certified employers also undergo an audit of their I-9 forms to ensure current employees are eligible to work in the United States.

    Employers that are certified with ICE through the IMAGE program pledge to maintain a secure and stable workforce and curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach and education. ICE recently revamped IMAGE, simplifying program requirements.

    Two Maine companies have already partnered with ICE: GAC Chemical Corp. and Whitney Wreath.

    E-Verify

    Through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) E-Verify employment eligibility verification program, employers can verify that newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States. This Internet-based system is available throughout the nation and is free to employers. It provides an automated link to the Social Security Administration database and DHS immigration records.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

    ICE is a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities. For more information, visit www.ICE.gov. To report suspicious activity, call 1-866-347-2423 or complete our tip form.




    http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1211/121115portland.htm
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    must be political ... a sudden flurry of ICE fining companies in Maine, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, for employing illegals .... ICE has known about illegals working at these companies for years ... there are approximately 8 million illegals working at on-the-books American jobs, by using false, or stolen, SS numbers. ICE, via the SS administration, sent out 9 million NO-MATCH letters last year ... employers, because of lack of enforcement, mostly ignore these letters. The shame of it all ... it's way past time for, we, the people, to hit the streets, railing against this situation ... it has gone on for far too long. Illegals have to go.

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    ICE fines Ashland business

    By Staff reports
    The MetroWest Daily News
    Posted Nov 14, 2012 @ 02:20 PM
    Last update Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:25 PM

    BOSTON — Ashland business STAT Products, Inc., was fined $1,014 by the federal government for hiring illegal workers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office said Wednesday.

    Stat Products, located on Butterfield Drive off Rte. 126, manufactures prescription drug labels, according to the company's website.

    The company, along with 16 others in the state, were fined after an investigation of I-9 forms by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, according to a press release.

    Together, Massachusetts employers this year were fined $349,619, ICE said. In 2012 the agency conducted 35 inspections of employers' I-9 forms, an increase from the 30 annual inspections the agency has for the past three years.

    Last year, Homeland Security Investigations fined Bay State companies $175,000.

    ICE fines Ashland business - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News
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    Fines are simply another cost of doing business. Until executives of companies which hire illegals are put into jail, nothing will change - and 'Bama will be able to claim that he's protecting American jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzm1 View Post
    must be political ... a sudden flurry of ICE fining companies in Maine, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, for employing illegals ....
    I.C.E. fines companies around the country every week, and has been for years.
    But most of them never get any press coverage.
    Once in a while the press jumps on the coverage
    because it's a slow news day and they have to report on something.
    I.C.E. can't make the media cover what they are doing.
    NO AMNESTY

    DON'T REWARD THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

    BY GIVING THEM CITIZENSHIP

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