President Vows to Increase ‘Desktop Raids’ for I-9 Violations

“It would not be surprising to see worksite enforcement reach the highest level ever under the Trump administration.”

President Donald Trump has made it clear, through Executive Orders, that he intends to enforce employment verification laws more rigorously and is proposing to hire 10,000 more U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, many of whom will focus on I-9 audits (often referred to as “desktop raids”). Employers across the country have been assessed millions of dollars in civil penalties for I-9 violations and employment discrimination. Some companies are losing their business licenses and are being squeezed out of the bid process for government contracts.

With these vicious pitfalls facing unwary employers, two of the nation’s top business immigration and employment/labor attorneys, Bruce E. Buchanan and Greg Siskind, have written The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook: A Guide to Employment Verification and Compliance, which serves as a one-stop shop for those who need to know how to navigate the latest I-9 form, the E-Verify process, and anti-discrimination laws and regulations governing the U.S. workforce. The book provides a thorough overview of the government’s system for verifying that employers are not hiring individuals who lack the legal authorization to work in the United States.

“The I-9 form is commonly used in the HR or onboarding process of new employees, but its completion is deceivingly simple,” says Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser PC in Memphis,, and coauthor of the new I-9 and E-Verify Handbook. “The latest version of the form becomes effective this week, and even U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is scrambling to provide employers with more guidance on how to properly complete the form. This is a process not to be taken lightly.”

Notwithstanding the federal crackdown on illegal worksite practices, several states have joined this effort as well. Twenty-three states have passed employer sanctions laws; eight of those states require all employers who meet jurisdictional standards to use E-Verify; 12 of those states require state or local government contractors to participate in E-Verify.

“Our book covers the most commonly asked questions about the I-9…

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