CDF Corp. signs on as latest Massachusetts company to join ICE’s IMAGE employment compliance program
BOSTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston announced Tuesday that CDF Corporation, a leading international company based in Massachusetts that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality container liners and flexible packaging is the latest company in the state to sign on to the agency’s employment compliance program IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers) Program. The IMAGE program promotes voluntary compliance and helps companies ensure they are maintaining a lawful workforce.
“We are very grateful that CDF Corporation has signed on to participate in the IMAGE program, an increasingly effective tool in helping the federal government protect our nation’s lawful workforce,” said HSI Boston Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Shea, after the signing ceremony which took place at CDF Corporation offices in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “This sets a powerful example for the business community in our region that shows CDF Corporation’s commitment to doing what is right in the eyes of the law and to their dedication to the importance and value of hiring and maintaining a lawful workforce.”
IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows businesses to partner with ICE to maintain a secure and stable workforce and curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach and education. CDF Corporation becomes the eleventh company in Massachusetts to date to sign on to the IMAGE program.
IMAGE partners agree to use sound compliance practices, including voluntarily enrolling in E-verify, an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. They also agree to follow written hiring policies, engage in annual self-audits and to submit to an ICE audit of the employment eligibility forms. The IMAGE program is a key part of ICE’s overall worksite enforcement strategy that seeks to promote and maintain lawful labor hiring practices nationwide.
CDF Corporation, an internationally-recognized company with partners and sales offices around the world, makes its products in the United States, at its manufacturing facilities in Plymouth, MA.
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Undocumented workers secure jobs through fraudulent means such as presenting false documents, completing fraudulent benefit applications and stealing someone’s identity. To combat unlawful employment and reduce vulnerabilities that help illegal aliens gain such employment, ICE announced the Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program in July 2006. This program assists employers in targeted sectors develop a more secure and stable workforce. It also enhances fraudulent document awareness through education and training.
ICE has streamlined the IMAGE certification process. IMAGE now offers a formal membership certification program that focuses on exceptional employers that have the ability to effect change within their industry or region. These employers also serve as an example and role model in the business community while highlighting the importance and viability of immigration compliance. Program participants will be deemed IMAGE certified upon enrollment and completion of IMAGE membership requirements. Employer feedback on the IMAGE program and industry participation in IMAGE will serve to guide DHS in shaping future worksite enforcement policy.
By voluntarily participating in the IMAGE program, companies can reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. As part of IMAGE, ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide education and training on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program. Members will also learn about the importance of avoiding discrimination in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s anti-discrimination provision § 274B.8 U.S.C. § 1324b.
Employers seeking certification in IMAGE must agree to:
- Complete the IMAGE Self-Assessment Questionnaire (Application)
- Enroll in the E-Verify program within 60 days
- Establish a written hiring and employment eligibility verification policy that includes an internal Form I-9 audit at least once a year
- Submit to a Form I-9 Inspection
- Review and sign an official IMAGE partnership agreement with ICE
Upon enrollment and commitment to DHS’ best employment practices, program participants will be deemed “IMAGE Certified” – a distinction DHS believes will become an industry standard. The results of the IMAGE program will guide DHS in shaping future worksite enforcement policy and legislation.
IMAGE members are required to participate in E-Verify, an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. For more information about the Form I-9 visit I-9 Central, a website dedicated to making guidance more accessible and user-friendly. The site provides employees and employers with one online location to keep them up to date with the information needed to properly complete Form I-9.
The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act § 274B, 8 U.S.C. § 1324b. This statute prohibits discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee that is based on an individual’s national origin or citizenship status. The statute also prohibits discrimination during the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9 and E-Verify) process (document abuse), and retaliation or intimidation. For more information visit http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/.