Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pa., N.J. Move Forward With E-Verify; Will Feds Follow?

Frustrated with the failure of the federal government to pass meaningful immigration reform, states have moved in to fill the void. While Arizona has recently received much of the press regarding this issue, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also moved forward to introduce E-Verify legislation designed to combat the employment of unauthorized workers.

At the same time, President Obama's administration has stepped up worksite enforcement initiatives and has called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration legislation that would contain a federal E-Verify requirement. The message is clear: Employers must achieve compliance.

E-Verify is an internet-based Employment Eligibility Verification System run by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, that allows employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees. E-Verify allows an employer to electronically compare employee-provided information from Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records in the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security databases...

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