Every year, millions unlawfully enter the U.S. with the hope of finding work. One of the keys to ending illegal immigration is to cut off the jobs magnet. If only there were an easy and effective way to do it. There is – E-Verify.
WHAT IS E-VERIFY
Overseen by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), E-Verify:
- Is a voluntary, free online workforce verification system
- Acts as a virtual wall that allows employers to compare information on an employee’s Form 1-9 withrecords at the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration
- In partial use in 22 states, but only mandatory in Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, and Tennessee
E-Verify is a highly-effective way to combat illegal immigration because it works to eliminate that illegal jobs magnet. Several studies show:
- The number of recent immigrants fell by almost 40 percent when a state had a universal E-Verify law in effect
- That illegal immigration fell by as much as 50 percent in a single year in states with mandatory E-Verify laws.
- Mandatory E-Verify not only reduces illegal immigration, but encourages illegal workers to return home.
- E-Verify protects American workers by ensuring employers only hire individuals authorized to work in the United States
WHO USES E-VERIFY?
- The federal government requires federal contractors or subcontractors whose contract with it contains the Federal Acquisition Regulation E-Verify clause to participate in E-Verify. E-Verify is voluntary for all other businesses.
- Of the 750,000 registered employers currently using it, 65 percent of companies have less than 100 employees and 73 percent consider themselves to be a small business https://www.e-verify.gov/sites/default/files/everify/data/EVerifyCustomerSatisfactionSurvey2017.pdf
- More than 2.4 million hiring sites and about 1,400 companies join every week
HOW WELL DOES IT WORK?
- 98.8 percent of employees are automatically confirmed as authorized to work either instantly or within 24 hours, requiring no employee or employer action (1.1 percent receive initial system mismatches). (USCIS, https://www.e-verify.gov/about-e-verify/e-verify-data/e-verify-performance)
- Of the 1.1 percent of employees receiving initial system mismatches (TNC), only 0.16 percent are later confirmed to be work authorized.