Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Immigration Audit Takes Toll


Janitorial Firm Harvard Maintenance to Lose Over Half of Minnesota Work Force

The Obama administration has made employers the cornerstone of its immigration crackdown that began in 2009.

DeAnne Hilgers, an attorney who advises Minnesota companies, said the business community there was shocked by "what appears to be a surge in audits." She said 10 of her clients in the construction and restaurant industries were being investigated by ICE, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. "These audits are of great consequence to their businesses" because they result in lost workers and thousands of dollars in fines, she said.

Last month, ICE said it was demanding that 1,000 companies across the country turn over their employment records for inspection.

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