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Audits of businesses for illegal immigrants rising

Published: Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SEATTLE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year.

Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012.

From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million.

The number of company managers arrested has increased to 238, according to data provided by ICE.

The investigations of companies have been one of the pillars of President Barack Obama’s immigration policy.

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