• $1,047,110 Fine and Secretary Napolitano Announces Record-Breaking Immigration Enforcement
  • October 14, 2010 | Authors: Lisa H. Cassilly; Eileen M. G. Scofield
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week announced a $1,047,110 fine settlement agreement with well-known retailer for “technology-related deficiencies” in the company’s electronic I-9 system. The settlement is the result of a November 2008 Form I-9 inspection of the company’s retail stores in Michigan. The audit uncovered numerous technology-related deficiencies in the retailer’s electronic I-9 verification system. The company was fully cooperative during the investigation, and no instances of knowingly hiring unauthorized aliens were discovered. This is the highest reported fine in U.S. history based solely on I-9 software. ICE recognizes that there was no evidence of any unauthorized workers at the retailer, and it had I-9 forms for workers. The issue was the technology used by the retailer for its electronic I-9 form processs. The ICE Special Agent in charge noted: