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By Montserrat Miller

Immigration
Enforcement's
T

IMPACT

he U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) is ramping up immigration enforcement nationwide,
which will soon include increased
worksite enforcement. This means American
businesses must adapt to new operating
conditions. As with any new norm, smart
leaders must know how the federal government's actions will affect their workforce, and
ultimately, their bottom line.
Over the years worksite enforcement has
taken different forms. What remains to be
seen is whether the Trump administration
will define enforcement like President Bush,
with large worksite raids; or like the Obama
administration, which engaged mostly
in "paper investigations" when it came to
worksite enforcement.
Construction industry worksites are susceptible to undocumented workers being part of

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the overall workforce. In addition to the threat of raids, business leaders
should be thinking about what a government worksite raid or investigation could mean in terms of potential labor shortages, negative media
as well as compliance-related penalties and costs in the event worksite
raids begin occurring more frequently around the country.
To protect business interests, the construction industry should
consider how they will address the following scenario, which details
how business leaders might manage a visit by DHS agents to a jobsite:
Your company is the subject of a worksite investigation. Two
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from Homeland
Security Investigations arrive at your worksite unannounced and
present your project manager with a Notice of Inspection (NOI) and/
or an administrative subpoena demanding to review your company's
Employment Eligibility Verification forms, known as the Form I-9.
The law affords your company three business days to comply with
the request to turn over the Forms I-9 and any other documentation
requested in the NOI or subpoena. As part of the investigation, ICE
provides the company with a Notice of Suspect Documents for certain employees alleging that they are not authorized to work in the
United States.


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