Government seeks forfeiture, managers’ prison time for hiring illegal aliens

by Walter Olson on June 1, 2010

“While the Government does not have experience running a French bakery, they are getting very serious about enforcing I-9 regulations.” [Greg Berk, California Labor and Employment Law Blog]


1 John Rohan 06.01.10 at 9:35 am

I’m all in favor of heavy fines in cases like this, but forfeiture seems a bit extreme – the bakery wasn’t dealing in drugs, after all.

Incidentally, the article says that the I-9 was not successful in the past, but attributes that to the abundance of fake documents and the pourous southern border. That is true, but the biggest reason it hasn’t been successful is that governments haven’t bothered to use it – in a *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge* system of welcoming cheap labor and pandering to Hispanic voters.

2 Dagtone 06.01.10 at 12:48 pm

What everyone seems to have forgotten was that there was a $10,000 penalty attached to the I-9 for each failure to verify the legal status of each employee. The fine portion of the I-9 lasted a few years and was removed but the form was kept making it a toothless tiger.

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