There was an intriguing bit of forewarning at the end of attorney Charles Kuck’s speech to the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 21.
Kuck, who specializes in immigration law, said a “major national employer” will be facing millions of dollars worth of fines levied by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for improperly documenting employee eligibility.
Kuck did not release the name of the company but said the news would be revealed in the coming weeks.
In Fiscal Year 2012, ICE levied $12.4 million in fines. Kuck said the pace of fines has increased as ICE has turned the work of auditing companies over to accountants.
“That’s why they can do so many more audits than they’ve ever done,” Kuck said.
Kuck assessed the chances of Congress passing immigration reform before the 2014 midterm elections. He said if immigration reform isn’t finished this year, it will likely be shelved until after 2014.
“Immigration reform is the next big thing,” Kuck said. “We don’t know if we can get to a deal soon.”
He added that historically, immigration bills have passed in lame-duck sessions of Congress, when representatives are leaving office or are far enough away from the next election.
He said immigration reform is likely because key groups, like the national Chamber of Commerce, Evangelical Christians and law enforcement officers, are all behind the idea.