EMPLOYERS TURNING TO ICE "IMAGE" PROGRAM

ICE raids have stepped up significantly and thousands of employers and undocumented employees have been arrested. The fines for employers who hire undocumented workers have also increased dramatically and now include jail time. Last year, the target number for raids was 1,000. This year, the goal is 10,000.

With the increase in raids, more and more employers are looking to ICE's IMAGE — ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers — program to strengthen their hiring practices. IMAGE assists employers with compliance with employment eligibility rules. Companies participating in IMAGE attest to achieving more stability in their workforce and increased interest in their services because of their membership.

HRI is uniquely qualified to help businesses establish IMAGE partnership and implement the necessary compliance requirements within the two-year deadline; In September, 2008, HRI was the first human resources firm to be certified under the national IMAGE program.

About ICE and IMAGE

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws. One known vulnerability is the presence of undocumented workers who have secured jobs by fraudulent means, including presentation of false documents, completion of fraudulent benefit applications and theft of identities. To combat unlawful employment and reduce vulnerabilities that help illegal aliens gain such employment, the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program was initiated in 2007. The goal is to assist employers in targeted sectors to develop a more secure and stable workforce and to enhance fraudulent document awareness through education and training. For more information about ICE and the IMAGE program, visit www.ice.gov.

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