Animal protein processor JBS USA has entered into an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to strengthen the company's legal workforce. 

The Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program, IMAGE, helps employers to develop policies to reduce immigration compliance vulnerabilities. Currently employing more than 60,000 employees in the U.S., the company hopes the new agreement will aid its efforts in fighting undocumented workers' efforts to obtain employment using fraudulent documents or identity theft, while ensuring a stable environment for American workers.

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"Today is an exciting day for JBS and serves as recognition of the considerable time, effort and financial resources we have invested in creating a top-flight workforce compliance culture," said Don Jackson, president and CEO, JBS USA Holdings. "It is also a testament to the tremendous commitment of our 65,000 employees, without whom this opportunity would not have been possible. Through our voluntary partnership with the government, it is my expectation that we will continue to raise the bar for compliance in our industry and beyond, and remain worthy of the status that IMAGE partnership confers."