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Mass: Milford to do immigration checks on employees

Milford selectmen decided unanimously Monday night that the town will partner with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a program that will help ensure all municipal employees are eligible to work in the United States, our news partners at the Milford Daily News reported.

The partnership would provide rapid verification of I-9 employment eligibility forms for all town employees with the intent of creating “an example” for the rest of the business community.

Milford is the first Massachusetts community to join the program called Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers, better known as Image. Less than a dozen communities have joined the program created in 2006 nationwide.

The Image program is described by ICE as a joint initiative that provides businesses enhanced security, ensures companies maintain legal and compliant work forces and minimizes the likelihood of hiring illegal immigrants.

Through the partnership, employee I-9 forms are put through a system called E-Verify. After only five to six seconds, the system can tell if the information on the form is accurate and if the employee is in fact a citizen.

“This would make an example for the rest of the businesses in the community if we move forward with this,” said Town Administrator Louis Celozzi.

Neither Celozzi nor O’Laughlin believe that any town employee is working here illegally, but by adopting the program, local businesses will be encouraged to join.

The town has tried to crack down on illegal immigrants over the last few years. Public outcry came to an all-time high last year after 23-year-old Matthew Denice was killed by a man who police say was an intoxicated driver in the country illegally.


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