Penalties For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

The penalties for hiring illegal immigrants is big business for the United States government. When immigrants come here illegally and are hired or recruited by an employer, there are criminal and civil penalties associated with this conduct. How serious?

Let’s take a look:

First offenders – $250-$2,000 fine per illegal employee.

Second offense – $2,000-$5,000 per illegal employee.

Potential immigrants believe the probability and benefits of successfully migrating to the United States are greater than the costs. Some of these costs include leaving their own family behind and the probability of being caught and resulting sanctions. Millions of them cross the border each year seeking the “American Dream,” but all they have to do is follow the law and migrate legally.

For employers who have been convicted of hiring illegal immigrants more than twice, the fine can range from $3000-$10,000 per employee. If the employer demonstrates a pervasive pattern of knowingly employing illegal aliens, he or she could face additional fines, and up to six months in jail.

If an immigrant can get into the country and find a reasonable facsimile of a green card and a Social Security card, that person can get a job. Unfortunately, the employers who hire them can face prosecution and large fines. However, they can avoid this trouble by simply following the procedures set forth in the laws.

I-9 Form Law – After an employer awards an immigrant a job, federal law requires the employer and employee to fill out an I-9 Verification of Eligibility Form.

E-Verify Law – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA), operates a database called E-Verify. Employers may sign up to use this system to verify the documents of people they hire.

Social Security “No Match” Law – If the illegal immigrant uses a fake Social Security card or number, the SSA sends “No Match” letters to both the employer and the employee, informing them that the information does not match.

Employers should have proof that they are following the right procedures when hiring employees. If they are found at fault for hiring illegal aliens, they normally don’t face fines or prosecution if they follow the simple procedures.