SC biz first in state to sign hiring agreement

LONGS, S.C. (AP) - A construction company is the first business in South Carolina to sign an agreement with federal officials to strengthen efforts not to hire illegal immigrants.

Multiple media outlets report that Coastal Steel and Acoustics of Longs on Monday joined the voluntary program called IMAGE. That stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers.

The agreement gives the company education and training on proper hiring procedures and fraudulent document detection.

It also urges the company to use the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program. The free, Internet-based system checks if newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States.

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