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Aug 17, 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has audited a record number of businesses this year, forcing undocumented workers off payrolls and putting business owners in difficult situations, the Wall Street Journal recently reported.

As of August 6, ICE had audited or was in the process of auditing 2,393 companies, which the Journal said was the highest recorded number ever for a single fiscal year.

In 2009, the Obama administration scaled back deportation raids in favor of audits, which require employers to furnish documents establishing the citizenship status of employees.

Aug 10, 2011

A proposed measure requiring employers to provide paid sick days to workers has divided the Seattle business community, The Seattle Times reports.

Led by restaurateurs, about 30 small businesses have joined with civil rights groups and labor unions to support the measure, the news source reports. The hospitality industry backs the proposal because food workers who report when sick pose a public health risk.

Aug 8, 2011

California farmers warn that immigration reforms recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives will hurt the nation’s agriculture sector, The Fresno Bee reports.

In June, Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, introduced a bill stipulating that all U.S. businesses use E-Verify, a federal database, to ascertain the citizenship status of employees.

Aug 4, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice has challenged Alabama's recently passed immigration law in federal court.

Alabama's immigration policy, scheduled to take effect September 1, is similar to a law passed by Arizona last year. Both states authorized police to detain people unable to furnish documentation of their legal citizenship status upon request. In announcing the DOJ challenge to Alabama's law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said this provision could result in the "harrassment" of legal aliens and American citizens.

Aug 3, 2011

The city of East Cleveland, Ohio, recently passed a civil rights ordinance protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reports the Gay People's Chronicle.

The ordinance establishes a course of action for people who feel they have been discriminated against in the realm of education, employment, public accommodation or housing, according to the source.