Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Director John Morton of ICE to Keynote at Stanford Law School Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium

John Morton, the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security will be the keynote speaker for the Stanford Law School Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium on April 20, 2012.

Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits will also be featured as a speaker at the Stanford Symposium. Mr. Johnson will speak on “Employer Compliance Under the Obama Administration”. Mr. Johnson shapes the Chamber’s policy direction on immigration reform, E-Verify and immigration worksite compliance and enforcement. He is often mentioned in the media as among Washington’s most influential experts on these issues.

The Stanford Law School Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium is one of the premier national conferences on employer immigration compliance attracting national experts on immigration worksite enforcement issues. This year’s program features Judge Ellen Thomas, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Jennifer Sultan, Acting Special Litigation Counsel, DOJ Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices and lead IFCO case prosecutor Tina E. Sciochetti, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of New York.  The Department of Homeland Security will be represented by Adam Wilson, ICE IMAGE Chief and Rachel Ross, Section Chief of the Employer Compliance Inspection Center, Worksite Enforcement Unit Office of Investigations.

Professor F.Daniel Siciliano, Faculty Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, will speak on immigration issues in corporate governance.

There has been unprecedented enforcement and legislative activity relating to Form I-9 and E-Verify worksite compliance. Since fiscal year 2009, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has audited more than 7,200 employers, debarred 441 companies and individuals, and imposed more than $76 million in financial sanctions. In fiscal year 2011 ICE conducted five times as many I-9 audits than it did in fiscal year 2008. ICE has continued to grow its auditor workforce, opening its Employer Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC) in Virginia which provides auditing support to increased I-9 audits and worksite investigations of large employers.

ICE is inviting express membership in the voluntary IMAGE best practices compliance program, with the possibility of an individual agreement that may allow the mitigation or waiver of even substantive I-9 errors if there is less than a 50% error rate after a voluntary Form I-9 inspection.

In Congress, Chairman Lamar Smith of the House Judiciary Committee has pushed his mandatory E-Verify bill through Committee markup. Individuals who start work will be subject to mandatory E-Verify processing and a potential final nonconfirmation without the ability to correct errors in the DHS/SSA databases before termination of employment. The bill also contains a provision that would make the misappropriation of a Social Security number a felony.

Meanwhile, states and cities across the country have been mandating the use of E-Verify at the local level, sometimes implementing rules which go above and beyond federal I-9 requirements. The result has been a virtual patchwork of employment verification requirements which are difficult to track, let alone maintain.

Registration Information: General public admission is $149. This event is open to the public but advanced registration is required (walk-in attendees cannot be accommodated). For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage on the Stanford Law School calendar.

General public admission includes a copy of the American Bar Association’s best-selling book Immigration Compliance Auditing for Lawyers. Co-authors Charles M. Miller, Marcine A. Seid and S. Christopher Stowe, Jr., will serve as moderators for several of the panels.