Legal Alert: Do You Need IMAGE?
Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) recently met with Snell & Wilmer attorneys to discuss the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (“IMAGE”) program. The idea of IMAGE was born in response to an April 1999 Government Accountability Office report that noted a high percentage of unauthorized workers employed in certain industries. By July 2006, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) introduced IMAGE as a joint government and private sector initiative to assist employers in complying with immigration laws through outreach, education and partnership. IMAGE has always been, and remains, a voluntary program.