The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a rule change, effective August 1, 2016, that substantially increases the possible penalties for immigration related violations. Although the change took effect on August 1, it allows the agency to issue the higher fines for any violations that occurred after November 2, 2015. This rule change may create an incentive for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is tasked with enforcing the rule, to conduct more employer investigations and identify greater employer misconduct.
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