ICE signs 37 new partners in the IMAGE program
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a ceremony at its new headquarters in Arlington, Va., the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program signed on 26 new members today to the corporate compliance group that already included nine charter members. In addition, 10 new companies and one association signed on as IMAGE associates, committing themselves to meeting the workforce compliance standards set by the IMAGE program at its inception in January 2007.
The new companies hail from around the United States and include a wide range of industries, including employment services, aviation, transportation, construction, high technology, shipping and manufacturing. In signing the IMAGE contract, these businesses are establishing a formal partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to follow the best hiring practices recommended by the program, train their staff to uphold the high standards required, and to use the screening tools offered by the federal government to ensure employees are lawfully authorized to work. Associate members are working to meet the standards set by the program, partnering with ICE officials to assess their business practices and improve, where necessary, the way they hire, process I-9 forms, maintain employment records and otherwise comply with U.S. laws on employment.
In welcoming the new companies, Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for ICE, said, "Thank you for joining ICE in protecting national security by ensuring the integrity of your workforces."
"Your ability to aspire to and meet the IMAGE standard is an example to all those in your industry of corporate leadership and good citizenship. It's also a signal to your clients and business partners that you care about your brand and their reputation in partnering with you."
IMAGE membership begins with a self-assessment of hiring practices to uncover vulnerabilities that can be exploited by illegal aliens. Technical tools that screen job applicants, such as E-Verify, or screen Social Security Numbers, are integrated with best practices to assure that employees are legally eligible to work.
Companies that have been IMAGE members for more than two years attest that they are seeing more stability in their workforces and more interest on the part of clients in contracting with compliant companies.
After the ceremony, new members and associates joined the charter members in a three-day training by IMAGE experts in the latest safeguards for workforce integrity.
ICE also acknowledged today the endorsement of a major association, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which pledged to promote IMAGE membership among its member municipalities.
To learn more about the IMAGE program, go to www.ICE.gov and choose IMAGE from the "Partners" area of the website.
Aluminum Precision Products - Santa Ana, Calif.
AccuWest Pacific, LLC - Sedro Woolley, Wash.
All American Brothers Company, LLC - Houston
New Jersey State League of Municipalities - Trenton, N.J.