Last week, a Mississippi based manufacturing company, Howard Industries agreed to pay a fine of $2.5 million for a variety of I-9 and other immigration violations as part of a plea in Federal Court. This case arises from a 2008 raid. What is most interesting is that Howard was a participant in the government's highly touted E-Verify program. Seems like the program worked really well to protect this company from liability. A panacea, it is not.