EDITOR’S MESSAGE Structural Building Components Magazine Publisher Truss Publications, Inc. email@example.com • sbcmag.info SBCA President 10-4 on the I-9 FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS, SBCA members have been going to Washington, DC and explaining to members of Congress, the staff of federal agencies and the White House how our nation’s broken immigration system is harming American businesses. Many companies in the manufac-turing and construction industries are facing an acute labor shortage, and our current laws are making the situation worse. Jack Dermer Sean Shields Managing Editor Assistant Editor Dale Erlandson Art Director Are you prepared for an audit? Melinda Caldwell Graphic Designer Denise Lane Editorial Review Kirk Grundahl Suzi Grundahl Staff Writers for Sept/Oct Molly E. Butz, Matt Tanger, Jim Vogt, P.E. Advertising Sales & Marketing Melinda Caldwell • 608-310-6729 Peggy Meskan • 608-239-2608 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is continuing efforts to strictly enforce regulations pertaining to Form I-9. USCIS states the I-9 “is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States.” The Trump administration’s desire to establish a “rule of law” foundation throughout the federal government means that some U.S. employers have wit-nessed a significant increase in I-9 audits, and component manufacturers (CMs) have felt the impact. Steven Spradlin, president of Capital Structures in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was recently notified he’d be subject to an audit. Within three days, an auditor and agent from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) office showed up and collected all of Capital Structures' original I-9 forms and payroll information. Shortly thereafter, Spradlin was informed by HSI that 14 of his employees’ I-9 forms weren’t in compliance, and he had no alternative to letting them go. “It was a real blow. Many of those people worked here for almost 15 years. They have American-born kids in high school, junior high and grade school, and many have been in the States for 20 years.” John Herring, CEO of A-1 Roof Trusses in St. Lucie, Florida, has seen the same thing happen around Florida and says the problem is complex: “If companies aren’t using the federal government’s E-Verify program to vet their entire work-force, they are likely going to face some immediate workforce challenges.” The workers Spradlin let go weren’t deported, and he indicated it’s likely these highly experienced workers will go to work somewhere else in the United States until their next employers are subject to I-9 audits. That outcome prob-ably isn’t what the government intends, which Spradlin points out is unfortu-nate for everyone. Given this uptick in enforcement actions, SBCA's legal counsel, Kent Pagel, has started giving presentations to CMs on how to prepare for an I-9 audit by reviewing and assembling the necessary documentation. After Pagel’s presenta-tion at the Truss Manufacturers Association of Texas (TMAT), SBCA President SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 • sbcmag.info 5 Mike Younglove • 608-310-6714 Direct all inquiries & payments to: Truss Publications, Inc. 6300 Enterprise Lane • Suite 200 Madison, WI 53719 608-310-6706 • 608-271-7006 fax firstname.lastname@example.org • www.sbcmag.info Accounts Receivable The mission of SBC Magazine is to inform those engaged in the structural building components industry, which includes the membership of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), in an effort to promote their common interests. Further, SBC Magazine strives to ensure growth, continuity and increased professionalism in this industry by staying abreast of leading-edge issues and serving as the industry's primary source for information. The exclusive focus of SBC Magazine’s editorial content is on the products and issues of importance to manufacturers and distributors of structural building components. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and those quoted, and are not necessarily the opinions of Truss Publications or SBCA. Copyright ©2017 by Truss Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Framing the American Dream is an initiative of SBCA. Learn more at sbcindustry.com.