Entries in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (3)


Risky Business: Teens Buying Fake IDs From Overseas Via Internet

Doug Menuez/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- They can arrive in jewelry boxes, playing cards and even inside a game of Chinese checkers -- illegal IDs from China, mailed to your waiting teenager.

"They hide [fake IDs] behind things ... and inside boxes," said Sheriff Tom Dart of Cook County, Ill. "This is full service. They want to make sure their customers are happy. They are very accommodating."

One website refers to the fake IDs as "novelty items."

"The Internet so readily makes these [fake IDs] available that anybody looking for them can find them literally with a quick mouse click," Dart said.

Working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies in Chicago, Dart has confiscated more than 1,700 IDs hidden in boxes arriving from China at the airport in the last six months. Most of them were on their way to 17- to 20-year-olds planning some underage bar-hopping.

Lydia Ruiz said a fake ID wasn't worth the danger. In February 2009, her son Alex was killed in Berkeley, Calif., by an underage drunk driver carrying a fake ID.

"More access to false IDs ultimately means more death on the roads," her husband, Michael Ruiz, told ABC News. "There's no two ways about that."

Dart said parents have to be aware. "They've got watermarks, holograms. They've got it all," he said of the phony IDs. "Parents have to wake up. They really have to wake up here."

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Government to Probe Hiring Records of 1,000 Companies

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(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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Feds Launch Criminal Investigation over Chipotle Hiring Practices

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. is investigating Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. for its hiring practices, which have been under review by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The government wishes to establish whether the Mexican restaurant chain knowingly hired illegal immigrants, sources told WSJ.

The disclosure of the Department of Justice probe into Chipotle's quarterly earnings reportedly was made by Chipotle executives on the company's conference call Wednesday.  Prosecutors have sought audits of the company's employees to be completed by ICE agents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is not commenting on the case.

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