Pacific Properties Service has been an landscape industry leader in the process of hiring individuals who can legally work in the United States. As early as 1986, we became the first contractor in Southern California to participate in the U. S. Government’s pilot program known as: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
In 2005, Pacific Properties Service was one of only 5,000 companies enrolled within the United States as actively using the E-Verify system. Today, the number of enrolled employers has grown to over 473,832! As one of Southern California’s landscape-company pioneers in hiring only legal workers, this year we became an Image Partner with ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
We are proud to be listed as a Partner with ICE. Below are excerpts from the IMAGE section of ICE website, explaining the program:
IMAGE: Your Workforce Compliance Partner
Undocumented workers secure jobs through fraudulent means such as presenting false documents, completing fraudulent benefit applications and stealing someone’s identity.
To combat unlawful employment and reduce vulnerabilities that help illegal aliens gain such employment, ICE announced the Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program in July 2006. This program assists employers in targeted sectors develop a more secure and stable workforce. It also enhances fraudulent document awareness through education and training.
IMAGE Certification and Program
ICE has streamlined the IMAGE certification process. IMAGE now offers a formal membership certification program that focuses on exceptional employers that have the ability to effect change within their industry or region. These employers also serve as an example and role model in the business community while highlighting the importance and viability of immigration compliance. Program participants will be deemed IMAGE certified upon enrollment and completion of IMAGE membership requirements. Employer feedback on the IMAGE program and industry participation in IMAGE will serve to guide DHS in shaping future worksite enforcement policy.
By voluntarily participating in the IMAGE program, companies can reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. As part of IMAGE, ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide education and training on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection, and use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.
Trade Association Certification
Trade associations can become “endorsee” partners by signing an endorsement agreement stating that they support and highly recommend the use of the IMAGE “Best Employment Practices” by their members. The above-mentioned process for business entities is not required for association partnerships.