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Criminal Charges Resulting from ICE Audits

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

President Barack Obama shifted immigration enforcement policy to crack down on employers rather than undocumented workers.

A lot has changed since President Barack Obama shifted immigration enforcement policy to crack down on employers rather than undocumented workers. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 annually since 2011. The average number of company owners and managers arrested annually has drastically increased to more than 200 a year for the past four years, according to data provided by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

This is a list of some of those employers who were charged with criminal wrong doing as discussed in Press Releases by ICE: (Cases from 2013 to the present are still under investigation and not included.)

Federal criminal charges have been filed against a Van Nuys manufacturing company in Los Angeles and one of its owners for hiring unauthorized alien workers and repeatedly taking steps to cover up the illegal hiring in an effort to retain the workers.

A series of arrests and search warrants at several restaurants and residences in Maine has resulted in charges against 10 individuals who were taken into custody by special agents with ICE and HSI (Homeland Security Investigations).

A manager at a specialty pallet and box manufacturing company in northwest Detroit was arrested by agents with ICE and HSI on criminal charges of knowingly accepting false documentation in the course of hiring undocumented workers.

A metal fabrication business in Utah was criminally indicted on 10 counts of harboring illegal aliens. The company’s human resources director was indicted for encouraging or inducing illegal aliens to remain in the United States, and subsequently pled guilty.

The married owners a Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Oacoma, S.D., were sentenced several years in prison each after a federal jury found them guilty of peonage (involuntary servitude), visa fraud, making false statements and conspiracy.

Seven managers were criminally charged with crimes including: knowingly hiring illegal aliens, transporting and harboring illegal aliens, and conspiring to transport illegal aliens. All seven have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Five additional managers were indicted in February of 2008 for similar crimes and are awaiting trial.

2015 Deportation (removal) of Illegal Immigrants Overview

  • ICE conducted 235,413 removals.
  • ICE conducted 69,478 removals of individuals apprehended by ICE officers (i.e., interior removals).
  • 63,539 (91%) of all interior removals were previously convicted of a crime.
  • ICE conducted 165,935 removals of individuals apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
  • 59% of all ICE removals, or 139,368, were previously convicted of a crime.
  • ICE conducted 63,539 interior criminal removals.
  • ICE removed 75,829 criminals apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
  • 98 percent of all ICE FY 2015 removals, or 230,715, met one or more of ICE’s stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.
  • Of the 96,045 individuals removed who had no criminal conviction, 94 percent, or 90,106, were apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
  • The leading countries of origin for removals were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
  • 1,040 individuals removed by ICE were classified as suspected or confirmed gang members.


GSN Magazine: May 2016 Issue Now Available

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
GSN Magazine May 2016

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Ban the Box Laws Handcuff Employers
All across America, more and more cities and states have begun a legislative push toward removing the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from job applications.

Criminal Charges Resulting from ICE Audits
A lot has changed since President Barack Obama shifted immigration enforcement policy to crack down on employers rather than undocumented workers.

Philadelphia’s Revised “Ban the Box Law” Takes Freedom from Employers
City of Brotherly Love Enacts Sweeping Changes to its Ban-the-Box Law. On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed far-reaching amendments to the city’s “Ban the Box” law, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance (“the Ordinance”).


GSN Magazine: April 2016 Issue Now Available

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
GSN Magazine April 2016

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Leadership Lessons from National Leaders
Some are born with it, others try to learn it, and many do not discover their capacity for leadership until they are faced with the opportunity. – Bob Funk the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Express Employment Profession, provides his wisdom on what makes a leader.

ART GREENBERG: The Legacy of a Leader
Art Greenberg, whose large physical stature was matched only by his big heart and personality, is not only remembered as a great business leader with vision, purpose, faith and integrity but also for his warmth and generosity that made a difference for many people.

The Endurance of a Leader: The Voyage of Sir Ernest Shackleton
Once Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole in 1911, Sir Ernest Shackleton started planning his expedition to lead the first team to cross the continent of Antarctica from sea to sea. This was a 1,800-mile journey. Even when the mission changed, his vision of leadership did not change.

Endurance of a Leader

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The Voyage of  Sir Ernest Shackleton – Great leaders remain focused on achieving victory even when the odds are against them.
By Jerry LePre

Ernest_ShackletonOnce Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole in 1911, Sir Ernest Shackleton started planning his expedition to lead the first team to cross the continent of Antarctica from sea to sea. This was a 1,800-mile journey.

After months of planning and fund raising, Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition was ready to begin its historic journey. Unfortunately, in the end, the original goal of the expedition was not achieved.

Regardless, when all of the details of his expedition are considered, Shackleton was not a failure. In fact, his leadership during the harsh circumstances and extreme challenges of the journey is now considered as one of the greatest survival and heroic achievements of the 20th century.

Shackleton along with 27 men set sail in December of 1914 on a ship appropriately named Endurance. Due to unusually harsh winter conditions, the wooden ship was trapped by ice as it entered the Weddell Sea near the South Pole.

Eventually, the vessel was crushed by floes. Using wood salvaged from the Endurance, Shackleton instructed the crew to build a camp on the ice and rationed the food and clothing.

About 15 months later, open water was located and Endurance’s three lifeboats were launched with the crew. Miraculously, they all landed safely on uninhabited Elephant Island. Once the crew was secured, Shackleton and five men set sail in one of the lifeboats to seek help. After a 650 nautical mile voyage, they reached the uninhabited side of South Georgia Island.

Frostbitten and in rags, he then led two of his men over 26 miles of treacherous mountains and glaciers to reach a whaling station on the other side of the island. This journey marked the first overland crossing of the landmass.

Three months after his departure from Elephant Island, Shackleton returned to rescue his remaining crew. Not one man was lost. As an explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton did not achieve his original goal. Nonetheless, he did not lose his vision of leadership. He overcame physical hardships and extreme mental challenges to keep his men focused on the vision of returning home.

Even when the mission changed, his vision of leadership did not. After several months, his vision to return the entire crew safely home was achieved.

From the book ‘Go the Extra Yard: Empower the Champion within You / 7 Keys to Victory for the Game of Life’ by Jerry LePre.

Art Greenberg: The Legacy of a Leader Vision, Purpose, Faith, and Integrity

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Arthur Greenberg, Jr. was a BIG MAN with BIG DREAMS and a BIG HEART.  He was a man of vision, passion, faith, and integrity. In fact, those who knew him best say his tall stature was only exceeded by his immense generosity and bigger than life personality.

Art_GreenbergAs a shrewd, yet fair and compassionate, business man, Art Greenberg, developed most of the southwest side of Grand Forks. However, his contributions to the city that he loved was much more than just building structures of brick and stone. He was a difference maker who made a difference in the lives of so many people.

“There aren’t many people who have lived in Grand Forks who weren’t touched in one way or another by Art Greenberg, either by the development he brought to town or by the personal relations he had with them,” Grant Shaft, a longtime attorney for the family, said.

Art Greenberg, who was usually seen wearing his favorite Stetson hat, was described as being bigger than life by his son Chris Greenberg, the founder and CEO of Global Safety Network. In fact, friends often said that the only thing bigger than Art Greenberg was his vision of growth, which was as big as the North Dakota sky.

Bob Peterson, who is an executive consultant to Greenberg Enterprises, describes his first meeting with this local icon as unforgettable. “In walks Art like John Wayne with an aura of confidence and charisma,” Peterson said.

According to his family friends, and business associates, Art Greenberg was always the optimist who saw the opportunity in every challenge. It is with this never-give-up spirit that he was always able to use a setback as a setup for success.

“There wasn’t a negative fiber in his body, even up to the end,” said Skip Greenberg, one of his four children and owner of Greenberg Realty. “He was the ultimate optimist.”

Art Greenberg, who started his career as an innovative farmer, never lost focus of his family roots that were grounded on faith. As a result, his efforts of charity were well known. “He once financially supported a local businessman who was about to lose his business and didn’t ask to be paid back,” Shaft said. “He was just helping a person in need, and there’s many, many stories like that about Art.”

Peterson said it best, “Art touched the lives of many. His business acumen, integrity, frankness, and courage for a cause and a value system cannot be denigrated. He was a man we will not forget.”

Arthur Greenberg Jr. passed away on Wednesday March 16, 2016. He was 81. Yet his unselfish love as a husband, dad, grandfather, father-in-law, and business leader will live on in the memories of those he touched. His legacy of generosity, kindness, and dreams fulfilled will always have its rightful place in the hearts and history of those who call Grand Forks home.

Art Greenberg will be remembered as the BIG MAN with the BIG DREAMS and the BIG HEART. He was an extraordinary visionary who

Leadership Lessons from National Leaders

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Bob Funk Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Express Employment Professionals

bob-funkSome are born with it, others try to learn it, and many do not discover their capacity for leadership until they are faced with the opportunity. Understanding how to lead effectively is essential in today’s business world, where the wrong hand at the helm can drag down productivity and morale, make a business less competitive, and result in a crippling lack of confidence in management. How do you “learn” leadership? A great way to start is to take a look at the best practices of truly effective leaders and apply their techniques in a way that makes sense for your own style and circumstances.

Leadership Overcomes Diversity
Leading a Nation Through 9/11 During his eight years in the White House, former President George W. Bush exemplified strength in leadership as he guided America through the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack on the U.S., as well as a difficult and complex financial crisis.

President Bush is quoted as defining his approach to leadership this way: “Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.” Authors Carolyn B. Thompson and Jim Ware explored the “common sense” leadership attributes of the former President in their book, “The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Common Sense Lessons from the Commander-in-Chief.”

They offer this powerful advice for any leader:

  • Identify core values
  • Build alliances
  • Have a vision
  • Communicate
  • Build trust
  • Be disciplined
  • Bring in the right people
  • Follow your intuition
  • Allow those hired to do their jobs
  • Get results

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” – George W. Bush

The Power of a Mom Leader
Susan Wojcicki is famous for being Google company employee number 16 and for owning the Menlo Park, California, garage where the company first set up offices. Now the CEO of YouTube, Wojcicki was named to Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in 2015. Wojcicki explains that being a mother of five children is one of the attributes that makes her a better leader, because it makes her prioritize her time and be efficient about focusing on the things that will make the most impact on the business. “Having the sum of both of those things going on in my life makes me a better mom at the end of the day, and Ithink it gives me really important perspectives in the workplace as well,” Wojcicki said.

“I have had a lot of setbacks that I have learned from.” – Susan Wojcicki CEO of YouTube

A Lesson from the NFL
Tony Dungy started out as an NFL player, and then coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts. He made history as the first African American coach to win the Super Bowl, and did so without the yelling and anger often seen on the sidelines. He is known for his strong personal values and genuine, ethical leadership. Since retiring from football, Tony Dungy is a New York Times bestselling author who has inspired many with his ability to equate leadership with the lessons he learned in the NFL.

Dungy offers this valuable advice in his book “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life”:

  • Be a pro.
  • Act like a champion.
  • Respond to adversity; don’t react.
  • Be on time. Being late means either it’s not important to you or you can’t be relied upon.
  • Execute. Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it. Not almost. All the way. Not most of the time. All of the time.
  • Take ownership. Whatever it takes. No excuses, no explanations.

“A good leader gets people to follow him because they want to, not because he makes them.” Tony Dungy

Global Safety Network Editorial

Monday, April 4th, 2016

THE WISE PROFESSOR The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

By Jerry LePre

Toward the end of his regional lecture tour, a noted physics professor was challenged by his chauffer who had attended all of the lectures. The long-time driver boasted that he had the professor’s oration memorized. In fact, the chauffer confidently bragged about how he could give the presentation better than the professor.

Amused by this arrogant statement, the wise professor offered his driver the opportunity to switch places with him and conduct the next session. The chauffeur accepted the challenge so the duo made plans to swap identities and clothes. Later that afternoon, with the chauffeur-clad professor sitting in the last row of the auditorium, the impostor presented a flawless lecture filled with memorized facts. As he was leaving the podium, a student raised his hand to ask a question. At first this deviation from the norm surprised the wannabe scholar. Looking a bit startled, he stopped and cautiously invited the question.

After hearing the inquiry, he briefly paused, chuckled, and said with a confident tone, “That is a dumb question. In fact, the answer is so obvious my chauffeur in the back will answer it.”

Like the arrogant chauffeur, we often pretend to have discernment even when we don’t understand what we are saying. Instead of a keen perception, we mistake the knowledge of some memorized facts to be synonymous with wise insight. We forget that facts, without the comprehension of truth, don’t make us wise.

Therefore, it is my prayer that our political leaders, our business leaders, and family leaders all use wisdom in making wise decisions based on the principles and values that made this country great. For too long, our leaders have relied on the knowledge of compromise instead of the corner stone of wisdom.

We have become so obsessed with being politically correct that we have forgotten about being PRUDENTLY CORRECT.

LA Times: Longtime marijuana use might make you a loser

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

By: George Skelton, Capitol Journal

There’s a new report out on longtime marijuana use. And it’s bad news for habitual stoners. In summary: The more pot you smoke, the more apt you are to be a loser. And it’s not so much that losers toke weed. It’s that toking a lot of weed over several years turns someone into a loser. It’s not really a chicken or egg thing. The UC Davis-led research, published last week, is especially relevant now. Voter signatures are being collected to place a marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot.

Social use of marijuana — I hate the misleading adjective “recreational” — already is legal in four states: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. The verdict’s still out. Medical use is allowed in 19 other states, including California. In this state, the well-intentioned system has been a sham for years — fake an ache and toke up — but Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature recently enacted some reforms…

Read the full article from the LA Times.

GSN Magazine: First Issues of 2016 Released

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The first two issues of the 2016 GSN Magazine have been released. The GSN Magazine is published and distributed electronically 11 times a year on the third Tuesday of each month (except June) by Global Safety Network (GSN). Its purpose is to provide current information that will empower GSN clients to mitigate unnecessary risks in their organizations.

Download your copy today!

GSN Magazine Jan 2016

View the January Issue – Featured Story: Opioid Overdose Epidemic Worsens

GSN Magazine Feb 2016

View the February Issue – Featured Story: Legalized Pot Industry Targets Our Youth

12 Engaging C’s for Leaders to Stay on Top

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Effective leaders recognize the strengths, weaknesses, and learning style of each team member. Upon this foundation, leaders develop practical processes to enhance strengths while overcoming weaknesses. Through influence and by example, leaders instill discipline to engage, inspire, and encourage their teams to keep focused on the integrity of the vision. They provide connection, correction, and direction through 12 C’s of Leadership.

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis Author and Professor

1. Character
The character of integrity is of utmost importance for a leader when it comes to developing trust with those they influence. Integrity is the cornerstone of success. Upon this solid rock, a great leader builds the foundation.

2. Communication
Unlike managers who inform their followers of only need-to-know-facts,effective leaders are great communicators who successfully use communication to unite each member with the mission, vision, and shared values.

3. Competence
People won’t follow a person who lacks competence. Leaders earn respect and credibility through prior accomplishments and a thorough understanding of roles, functions, goals, resources, mission, vision, and values.

4. Conviction
“People don’t follow words, they follow conviction and without conviction the words are meaningless,” author Jennifer Ott said.

5. Connection
The best leaders connect the vision (purpose) and the mission (path) with values (principles). This connection unites the right people at the right time with the right resources for the right reasons.

6. Compassion
Empathy in motion describes compassion. A compassionate leader shares the emotions of followers and desires to help and support them in overcoming any trial by obtaining shared goals.

7. Confidence
Confidence inspires confidence. People are drawn toward people who exhibit confidence. Great leaders initiate, nurture, and, perpetuate a positive and confident culture through inspiration, motivation, and engagement while avoiding conceit, arrogance, and inflated egos.

8. Consistency
Stability, dependability, and reliability are the result of consistent behavior. Consistency, when combined with honesty, transparency, and integrity, builds trust while instilling a sense of security.

9. Courageous
The strength of a leader is defined by how he or she responds with courage during times of challenges, adversities, setbacks, and controversies. Courageous leaders grow despite obstacles. They bravely accept the consequences for their actions and decisions. They aren’t afraid to make the right decision even if it isn’t popular.

10. Creativity
The vision of effective leaders flows from their creative perspective. These leaders instill and nurture creativity, innovation, and imagination in those they influence. They create opportunities.

11. Captivate
Effective leaders are magnetic. They attract diversified people to come together for a common vision. They understand how to use their magnetism to captivate, engage, and in spire followers with out abusing authority.

12. Common Sense
The ability to perceive and understand complicated issues from a perspective shared by nearly everyone while making sound practical decisions that are understood by all defines the term common sense.