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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Attorney General's strategy for enforcing workplace immigration laws, focusing on: (1) the effectiveness of the employment verification process in preventing employers from hiring unauthorized aliens; (2) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) efforts to improve the employment verification process; (3) the level of effort INS and the Department of Labor (DOL) devoted to worksite enforcement activities and the results of these activities; and (4) changes being made to INS' worksite enforcement program.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Other The Commissioner of INS, as a part of the outreach program for INS' pilot programs, should seek assistance from federal and state agencies, such as DOL and Department of State labor agencies, in disseminating information to employers about the programs.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

In November 1999, INS distributed information pamphlets on its pilot programs to 25 Department of Labor Offices in 13 states that agreed to disseminate the pamphlets to employers with whom they have business.
Other The Commissioner of INS, in implementing the interior enforcement strategy, should clarify the criteria for opening investigations of employers suspected of criminal activities.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

On October 20, 1999, INS issued a Worksite Enforcement Policies memorandum and in July 2000 published a revised chapter of its Special Agents Field Manual clarifying the criteria for opening investigations of employers suspected of criminal activities.

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