(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration said Wednesday that it plans to crack down on companies hiring illegal immigrants. The government notified 1,000 employers from all 50 states of plans to inspect employment records, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Declining to release the names of employers being audited, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will conduct the inspections to determine which companies have engaged in illegal hiring practices.
An ICE spokesperson said the audits will pay closest attention to industries essential to key domestic resources such as energy, agriculture, technology, healthcare and transportation.
"The inspections will touch on employers of all sizes and in every satiate in the nation, with an emphasis on businesses related to critical infrastructure and key resources," ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Wednesday.
If found to be hiring illegal immigrants, employers could be subject to both civil and criminal penalties, which could include fines and restriction from competition from government contracts, WSJ reports.
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