published Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

E-Verify working smoothly

XLS: E-Verify TN.

XLS: E-Verify GA.

PDF: Frequently Asked Questions

BY THE NUMBERS*

* 160,951: Total employers participating in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).

* 622,673: Total sites participating in the E-Verify.

* 574,381: Employment verification queries in fiscal year 2010.

* 8.5 million: Employment verification queries in fiscal year 2009.

* 6.6 million: Employment verification queries in fiscal year 2008.

* Note: Information is as of Oct. 17

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

CLOSER TO HOME

Number of employers participating in E-Verify*:

Tennessee: 2,084

Chattanooga: 138

Georgia: 10,162

Dalton: 137

*Note: Information for Tennessee is as of Oct. 2009 and as of Sept. 2009.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

FEDERAL RULE

* Companies awarded a contract with the E-Verify clause are required to enroll in E-Verify within 30 days of the contract award date.

* E-Verify must be used to confirm that all hires, whether employed on a federal contract or not, and existing employees directly working on these contracts are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Nearly two months after most federal contractors and subcontractors were required to use the government's employment verification program, local employers report things are running smoothly.

"We've been using E-Verify since the new rules went into effect Sept. 8, (and) so far we've not experienced any adverse financial or administrative issues using the system," said BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee spokeswoman Mary Thompson. "It's simply been another step in the hiring and employment verification process."

Beginning in September federal contractors with jobs over $100,000 and subcontractors with jobs over $3,000 have to verify that newly hired employees and existing employees assigned to a federal contract are eligible to work in the United States. Certain contracts, such as those less than 120 days, are exempted.

E-Verify is a free Web-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration that compares information from the employment eligibility verification form, the I-9, against federal government databases to verify workers' employment eligibility.

As of Oct. 17, more than 160,000 employers used the system, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials.

More than 15 million queries have been run through the system since fiscal year 2008 and about 97 percent of them are now automatically confirmed as work-authorized within 24 hours or less, a news release stated.

But the program's susceptibility to fraud and the financial burdens that it can impose on employers remain a concern for several chambers of commerce, including Georgia's and Tennessee's.

"The Georgia Chamber and our members support reducing illegal immigration and have invested significant resources and energy in documenting and verifying our employees," Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO George Israel said in an e-mail .

"The E-Verify program holds promise and has been voluntarily adopted by many employers, but its reliance on outdated technology, its susceptibility to fraud, and the financial and administrative burdens it imposes must be addressed if it is ever to become an effective national verification system," he added.

"Employers do want to do the right thing," said Bradley Jackson, vice president for government affairs for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. "They want to make sure the folks they are hiring are legitimate. We just want to make sure that the system that the federal government mandates us to use works.

"We don't think that's too much to ask. So as we continue to get confirmation that this is a good system, I think you'll get a lot more employers to use it and even rely on it," he added.

Tera Lusk, manger of employment services with the Hamilton Health Care System, said the hospital enrolled in E-Verify in July and hasn't experienced any hitches or delays.

"We use it for every person we hire and over the last few months we've hired between 30-40 people," she said.

In 2007 Georgia passed the Georgia Security/Immigration Compliance Act, which included a mandate for public employers to use E-Verify.

A three-year E-Verify funding extension was recently approved by Congress under the Homeland Security Department spending bill.

about Perla Trevizo...

Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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Brittanicus said...

As America suspected the House Health Care reform Bill Contains an identification mechanism that increases distress? So despite the inclusion of the Democrat so-called verification system in the latest health care bill, this identification procedure will be almost non-effective to omit illegal immigrants from accessing the taxpayer-funded afford ability credits. My thought is that this was intentional, so that the majority of illegal aliens already holding a fraudulent social security card, of a deceased person, a young child's number of even one of our soldiers fighting in some obscure country can still get access. E-Verify should be used for just this reason, along with a current government ID to spot unauthorized entrance to any health care program. See compilation of Social Security Laws http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1903.htm. Sen. Sessions a champion amongst anti-illegal immigration proponents, took to the Senate floor fighting for American workers and the protection of American jobs.

When the Senate debated the bill to extend federal unemployment benefits for 14 weeks, Senator Sessions filed an amendment to permanently extend the E-Verify program. Outrageously, the Sessions amendment was stripped from the final version of the bill by the House-Senate committee members that included Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi. In the Democratic majority Homeland Security Appropriations bill, they in conclusion authorized E-Verify for just three years. Unfortunately this leaves the enforcement program pregnable to the--AMNESTY ZEALOTS? These opponents can monopolize any long-term or permanent reauthorization of E-Verify as collateral in leverage for the course of mass amnesty for the 20 to 30 million illegal immigrants squatting in this nation You guessed it?--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion to cut off debate--invoking cloture--on the unemployment compensation extension bill without initially giving the Senate time to vote on the Sessions amendment.

November 3, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.
Brittanicus said...

WE SHOULD INDELIBLY REMEMBER THIS ANTI-AMERICAN WORKER LEGISLATOR, AND THROW HIM FROM OFFICE IN 2010 AS HE PROVED WITHOUT ANY DOUBT FOREIGN LABOR IS MORE IMPORTANT TO HIM THAN HIS OWN COUNTRYMEN Along with House Speaker Pelosi and all Democratic leadership, they have used their influence to collude with corporate lobbyists subversive open border organizations to starve Immigration enforcement of full funding and a voice in Washington since coming to power. Yet this doesn’t mean that either Bush’s or prior administrations are without fault in securing the border or stopping the hordes of illegal aliens from breaking our laws. Recently Fifty-four Representatives sent the president a letter expressing their support for 287 G - the government training program that allows agents from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputize state and county law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

. Simply speaking, it cited, 287 G, was—NOT-- just designated to be confined to habitual criminals and gangs as some have purposely mislead, but constructed to let state and regional enforcement officials assist in enforcement of—ALL--immigration laws; removing illegal immigrants from the streets and highways. It could become prevalent within any city and neighborhood precincts, if that particular police department has been deputized and trained according to the 287 G program. Sadly, many cities have failed in this measure owing to the—SANCTUARY CITY—policies. If San Francisco and Los Angeles has empowered its police departments to adopt 287 G, the deaths of many innocent citizens could have been prevented. Other cities may still be held at fault, because they too had pro-illegal immigration city councils and managers who ignorantly ignored the people plea to enforce immigration laws such as 287 G?

To date the pro-illegal immigration letter signed by a group in the Democratic leadership has declared a "commitment to repair our broken immigration system" These groups have expressed a strong support for moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform--AMNESTY-- this year, which are strongly back by giant business consortium's. The signers of the letter has overseen by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a well-known amnesty zealot who, earlier this year, spent weekending events, pushing his AMNESTY proposition amongst congregational religion, Union halls, ethnic caucuses in his tours nationwide.

November 3, 2009 at 2:31 p.m.
Brittanicus said...

Outside of this growing distressing dilemma, my Mother-in-Law asked me if E-Verify could be used to determine the credit and background of people who apply for store leases or the purchase and renting of homes. This would be a compatible as an invaluable need with credit bureau reports, so illegal immigrants could be detected in Indianapolis. E-verify, a computerized tool has been adequately funded, which means ongoing modification and simplicity of use; along with the 1-9 paperwork. Further use could be Drivers license identification, auto registration, auto insurance, health care applications, IRS tax credits, home and store leases and renting and as of now removing foreigners from work locations?

Today we are bombarded on all sides by the inflow of foreign nationals, who in many cases can disappear leaving landlords with huge bills. E-Verify is possibly the best weapon to retaliate against illegal immigration. Senators and Representatives are all suspect, so call them at 202-224-3121. Only because of angry repercussions of THE PEOPLES response, that under intense pressure E-Verify survived. Business interests and the open border groups would have torn it away, but recognition came by thousands of blogger’s who notified the public already tired of supporting corporate welfare and their illegal alien hires and family members. It’s not over yet because thousands of piratical business and radical groups have massive financial influence on lawmakers we voted to govern us? Be aware of immigration issues and immigration enforcement grading at NUMBERSUSA, Learn about corruption lawsuits at JUDICIAL WATCH. AMNESTY means OVERPOPULATION that needs your urgent attention at CAPSWEB.

November 3, 2009 at 2:33 p.m.
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