Tuesday, February 5, 2013
SAN DIEGO During the 2012 fiscal year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fined 10 businesses in San Diego and Imperial counties more than $173,800 for hiring “unlawful” employees.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fined 10 businesses in San Diego and Imperial counties more than $173,800 for hiring “unlawful” employees.
The numbers released Tuesday represent an 18 percent increase in fine totals from the previous fiscal year.
ICE and Homeland Security Investigation found the 10 businesses below hired undocumented workers by auditing their 1-9 forms, the documents used to verify an employee's work eligibility.
Employer audits have become a growing part of the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy. Under George W. Bush, ICE employed frequent workplace raids that arrested illegal immigrants on the job, but the Obama administration has said targeting employers is more effective and humane.
In a news release the agency stated, "In fiscal year 2012, HSI conducted 151 worksite audits in San Diego and Imperial counties, compared to 86 audits the previous year and 63 audits in fiscal year 2010.“
Below, in alphabetical order, is a list of the businesses’ final fine notices from ICE in fiscal year 2012:
Aquarius Yacht Services - $13,744 fine
Balboa Ambulance Incorporated - $50,000 fine
El Sol Meat Market - $24,050 fine
Harmony Egg Farm - $9,000 fine
International Consolidated Cargo - $7,480 fine
Mexicali Chicken and Salad - $21,500 fine
Old Town Buffet - $15,000 fine
Rocha Trucking & Parking Inc. - $8,000 fine
Stanford Sign and Awning Inc. - $9,600 fine
TDG Aerospace - $15,427.50 fine
Employment verification is central to the national debate on immigration reform. Lawmakers are exploring how Arizona’s laws requiring E-Verify work, and if it could be a model for the nation.