President Vows to Increase ‘Desktop Raids’ for I-9 Violations

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Attorneys Bruce Buchanan and Greg Siskind have authored a new book designed to walk HR professionals and others through the intricacies of the new I-9 form and the use of E-Verify, while providing effective strategies to avoid civil and criminal penalties for I-9 violations and employment discrimination.

“It would not be surprising to see worksite enforcement reach the highest level ever under the Trump administration.”

President Donald Trump has made it clear, through Executive Orders, that he intends to enforce employment verification laws more rigorously and is proposing to hire 10,000 more U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, many of whom will focus on I-9 audits (often referred to as “desktop raids”). Employers across the country have been assessed millions of dollars in civil penalties for I-9 violations and employment discrimination. Some companies are losing their business licenses and are being squeezed out of the bid process for government contracts.

With these vicious pitfalls facing unwary employers, two of the nation’s top business immigration and employment/labor attorneys, Bruce E. Buchanan and Greg Siskind, have written The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook: A Guide to Employment Verification and Compliance, which serves as a one-stop shop for those who need to know how to navigate the latest I-9 form, the E-Verify process, and anti-discrimination laws and regulations governing the U.S. workforce. The book provides a thorough overview of the government’s system for verifying that employers are not hiring individuals who lack the legal authorization to work in the United States.

“The I-9 form is commonly used in the HR or onboarding process of new employees, but its completion is deceivingly simple,” says Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser PC in Memphis,, and coauthor of the new I-9 and E-Verify Handbook. “The latest version of the form becomes effective this week, and even U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is scrambling to provide employers with more guidance on how to properly complete the form. This is a process not to be taken lightly.”

Notwithstanding the federal crackdown on illegal worksite practices, several states have joined this effort as well. Twenty-three states have passed employer sanctions laws; eight of those states require all employers who meet jurisdictional standards to use E-Verify; 12 of those states require state or local government contractors to participate in E-Verify.

“Our book covers the most commonly asked questions about the I-9 form, E-Verify, anti-discrimination laws and regulations, and how they apply to today's employer," says Bruce Buchanan of Sebelist Buchanan PLLC of Nashville, and co-author of The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook. “Employers must be diligent in their efforts to complete I-9s while not being overzealous in those efforts because it might be viewed as violating the anti-discrimination laws,” Buchanan adds. “It would not be surprising to see worksite enforcement reach the highest level ever under the Trump administration.”

Because Buchanan and Siskind have spent decades represented U.S. employers in immigration, employment/labor law, and worksite compliance, they have written The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook as a guide for human-resource professionals, recruiters, attorneys, and even government officials who need to understand the array of compliance-related statutes and regulations. The Handbook is organized in an easy-to-understand, question-and-answer format with illustrations, checklists, and sample documents, which give the reader the tools to implement and improve any immigration compliance program.

About the Authors:

Bruce E. Buchanan is a founding partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC with offices in Nashville and Atlanta. He represents employers and individuals in all aspects of immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance and employment/labor law matters. Additionally, he is Of Counsel to Siskind Susser PC regarding employer immigration-compliance matters. Bruce authors a blog at on employer immigration compliance and is a regular contributor to HR Professionals magazine.

Greg Siskind is one of America’s best-known immigration attorneys. His firm, Siskind Susser PC (, has one of the largest health care immigration practices in the United States and represents many of the nation’s largest hospitals and hospital systems, as well as smaller health care employers, individual health care professionals, and other medical institutions. Greg was named to the top 10 list of most distinguished lawyers in North America by Who’s Who in Corporate Immigration Law and is one of the top 25 immigration lawyers in the United States according to Chambers and Partners.

About the Book:

The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook: A Guide to Employment Verification and Compliance
2017 Edition (Alan House Publishing)
$79.95 (Print)
466 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9970833-7-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-9970833-8-5 (Kindle) COMING SOON!
ISBN: 978-0-9970833-9-2 (eBook) COMING SOON!

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Review Copies and Media Interviews: For a review copy of The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook or an interview with attorneys Bruce Buchanan and Greg Siskind, contact Andrew Bagley at abagley(at)visalaw(dot)com or + 1.901.682.6455.

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