Earlier this week, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department

of Homeland Security (DHS), and John Morton, Director of U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), released immigration

enforcement statistics that have been achieved under the Obama

administration. In their report, the two directors state that the

Obama administration has imposed approximately $50 million in

fines/sanctions for worksite enforcement violations. Secretary

Napolitano also stressed that the Obama administration would

continue to enforce immigration laws to employers through I-9

audits, fines, debarments and other enforcement strategies.

“This administration has focused on enforcing our

immigration laws in a smart, effective manner that prioritizes

public safety and national security and holds employers accountable

who knowingly and repeatedly break the law,” said Secretary

Napolitano. “Our approach has yielded historic results,

removing more convicted criminal aliens than ever before and

issuing more financial sanctions on employers who knowingly and

repeatedly violate immigration law than during the entire previous

administration.”

Key statistics presented include the following:

  1. 180 owners, employers, managers and/or supervisors were

    criminally charged by ICE in FY 2010

  2. ICE conducted over 2,200 I-9 audits in FY 2010
  3. 97 businesses and 49 people were debarred by ICE in FY

    2010

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