An Interview with William Riley

Former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Discusses Enforcement Strategies


Former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Discusses Enforcement Strategies

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Bill Riley is the Business Development and Worksite Program Manager for the Guidepost Solutions/ICS Consulting, LLC. team. Prior to joining ICS Consulting LLC, Mr. Riley was an Assistant Special Agent in Charge at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Riley was a Special Agent for 20 years with both ICE and the Immigration and Naturalization Service having worked in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago.

Over his 20 years as a Special Agent, Mr. Riley conducted and supervised investigations focused on immigration benefit and document fraud, counter-terrorism, human smuggling and trafficking, worksite enforcement, and student/school compliance.

During his time as an investigative agent, Mr. Riley served as the Acting Executive Director for ICE's Office of State and Local Coordination. He implemented the expansion of the 287(g) program and testified before the House Homeland Security Committee regarding the improvements being made to the 287(g) program.

Mr. Riley also served as ICE's first national Unit Chief for Worksite Enforcement. While in this role, Mr. Riley developed the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE), created the current ICE auditing program and helped develop the worksite enforcement Special Agent advanced training program.

Mr. Riley holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Philadelphia University.



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An Introduction to Bill Riley

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Why is Worksite Enforcement Important?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, explains the basic laws regarding illegal employment and why he believes it to be an integral part of immigration policy.

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How were ICE Employer Raids Conducted?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, describes how raids in the mid-2000s were conducted, from conception to resolution.

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What Happens in an ICE Employer Audit?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, explains how the employer audits are initiated and carried out.

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What are the Penalties for Non-Compliant Employers?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, discusses how the employer penalties are chosen, negotiated, and enforced.

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What is the Most Effective Worksite Enforcement Strategy?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, discusses policy changes that would help ICE have a more effective worksite enforcement effort.

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Is E-Verify Helpful?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, explains the benefits and deficiencies of E-Verify, as well as dispels the some common criticisms of the program.

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How Does ID Theft Happen and How Can ICE Address It?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, describes how he encountered ID theft during his tenure at ICE and how it effected legal residents and citizens.

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What is an IMAGE Certification?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, discusses the IMAGE program, which allows businesses to take extra steps against illegal employment and protects them from penalties.

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What are No-Match Letters and How Can ICE Use Them?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, explains how No-Match letters from the Social Security Administration can expose ID theft and illegal employment.

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How Can Employers Avoid Problems?

William Riley, former ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, lists the ways that employers can prevent illegal employment and fraud within their companies.

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