U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the

Department of Justice announced on May 11, 2018, a Memorandum of

Understanding (MOU) that “expands their collaboration to

better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by

employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States.”

This new effort “improves the way the agencies share

information, collaborate on cases, and train each other's

investigators,” USCIS said.

The MOU will increase the ability of the agencies to share

information and identify, investigate, and prosecute employers who

may be discriminating against U.S. workers and/or violating

immigration laws. In 2010, USCIS and the Justice Department's

Civil Rights Division entered into an ongoing partnership to share

information about E-Verify misuse and combat employment

discrimination. The new MOU “expands upon the two

agencies' existing partnership,” USCIS said.

“In the spirit of President Trump's Executive Order on

Buy American and Hire American, today's partnership adds to the

Civil Rights Division's tools to stop employers from

discriminating against U.S. workers by favoring foreign visa

workers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John M. Gore

of the Civil Rights Division. “The Division looks forward to

expanding its partnerships with USCIS to hold accountable employers

that discriminate against U.S. workers based on their citizenship

status.”

“Protecting and maintaining the integrity of our

immigration system remains a key priority for me, and underpins the

exceptional work of the professionals at USCIS,” said USCIS

Director L. Francis Cissna. “This agreement enhances the level

of coordination among investigators who often work on the same

issues at different agencies. Breaking down silos and working with

our federal partners to combat employment discrimination will help

ensure that U.S. workers have the advocate they need at the highest

level.”

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