Although immigration officials sporadically have undertaken enforcement actions to increase compliance with the requirements of Form I-9 during the past decade — Form I-9 verifies employment eligibility — a combination of recent government announcements and renewed large-scale enforcement efforts highlight the importance of lawyers revisiting existing requirements now to minimize their clients’ liability.

On Nov. 2, 2005, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the new Secure Border Initiative, which aims to increase interior enforcement of immigration laws by, in part, targeting work sites.

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