Immigration fines on rise in NJ

July 22, 2010 7:33:14 AM PDT
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have fined 13 employers in New Jersey nearly $640,000 because of undocumented workers.

That's about 15 times more than the fines levied in all of fiscal year 2009, when four employers in the state were fined $44,728.

ICE spokesman Harold Ort in Newark says the agency is focused on building cases against "egregious employers" who fail to ensure their employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

Ort says the agency conducts "silent raids" by checking forms which document a person's eligibility to work in the United States.

ICE declined to name the businesses.