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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Signs E-Verify Bill Into Law

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

Pennsylvania State Capitol
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law The Public Works Employment Verification Act (Act No.127), which requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use E-Verify for newly hired employees. The law will take effect January 1, 2013.

Rhode Island to Consider E-Verify Bills

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Rhode Island Statehouse
Rhode Island lawmakers are considering two E-Verify bills designed to prevent the hiring of illegal aliens in the state. The bills, introduced by Peter Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston), are scheduled for hearings held by the House Committee on Labor at the Statehouse tonight.

Salt Lake County, UT Strengthens E-Verify Requirement

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

Applicants for business licenses in Salt Lake County, UT will have to provide written assurance that they have used E-Verify to guarantee the legal working status of their employees.

Anti-E-Verify Bill Stopped in Washington State

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

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Kansas Dems Plan to Re-Introduce E-Verify Jobs Bill

Monday, December 26, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

2012 will mark the second year in a row that Kansas State Democratic Leaders will introduce jobs legislation with an explicit immigration-enforcement component.

Federal Court Reverses Ruling and Upholds Hazleton's E-Verify Law

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

Hazleton, Pa.
A federal appellate court reversed its original ruling that found Hazleton's local ordinance requiring businesses to use E-Verify was unconstitutional. The court was instructed by the Supreme Court to revisit its ruling after upholding Arizona's statewide law earlier this year.

Louisiana Passes E-Verify Bills Covering State Contractors and Private Employers

Friday, July 8, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

Gov. Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed two pieces of legislation into law on Thursday that will require or encourage businesses to use E-Verify. HB342 requires all state and local contractors to use E-Verify, while HB646 requires all private businesses to verify the

Gov. Scott Strengthens E-Verify Executive Order

Friday, June 10, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

Gov. Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has modified an Executive Order that requires agencies and contractors under the direction of the governor's office to use E-Verify. Gov. Scott signed the original order as one of his first acts in office. The new executive order strengthens the language

Supreme Court Orders Lower Court to Re-Examine Hazleton Ruling

Monday, June 6, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

Hazleton City Hall
The Supreme Court has overturned a lower court's ruling that stopped a Hazleton, Pa. city ordinance requiring businesses to use E-Verify.

Penn. Senate Passes E-Verify Bill

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

Tuesday evening, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation requiring contractors and subcontractors to use the E-Verify system.

Gov. Nathan Deal Signs Georgia Immigration Enforcement Law

Friday, May 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

Gov. Nathan Deal
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed Georgia's immigration enforcement bill earlier today that requires businesses in the state with more than 10 employees to use E-Verify.

Indiana Legislature Clears Enforcement Bill

Monday, May 2, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

Just hours before the legislature adjourned for the year, lawmakers cleared SB 590 for the governor’s signature. Coming on the heels of the Georgia bill, this is the second major immigration-enforcement bill to pass this year.

Indiana & Alabama Legislatures Approve E-Verify Legislation

Monday, April 25, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

The Indiana House and both chambers of the Alabama legislature have approved legislation that would require businesses in the state to use E-Verify.

Alabama House Passes E-Verify Bill

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

The Alabama House overwhelmingly passed, 73-to-28, an E-Verify measure on Tuesday that requires all businesses to check new hires through the system.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Accelerates E-Verify Law Through Executive Order

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

Gov. Bob McDonnell
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell ordered that all executive branch state agencies must use E-Verify to check all new hires beginning June 1, 2011. The state legislature had passed a bill last year that requires state agencies to begin using E-Verify by the end of 2012, but Gov.

Virginia Legislature Approves Tougher E-Verify Law

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

Before wrapping up its 2011 legislative session, the Virginia Legislature approved several immigration-enforcement measures, including an expansion of the state's current E-Verify law and a bill that would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to cancel a state ID or driver's license for known il

Kentucky House Committee Passes E-Verify

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

Kentucky State House
A bill that would require all state agencies and contractors to use E-Verify passed through the House Committee on Labor and Industry in Kentucky's state house today. The bill offered by State Rep. Bob Damron has passed through the House in each of the last two years, but failed in the Senate.

Immigration-Enforcement Legislation Advancing in Kentucky

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

Kentucky State House
A bill similar to Arizona's immigration-enforcement law cleared its first hurdle in Kentucky passing through the state senate after a vote late last week. The measure passed by a 24-14 margin and would allow police to check the immigration status of individuals they stop.

Chafee Caught Misleading in Quest to End E-Verify in R.I.

Friday, November 19, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee said that one of his first actions in office will be to rescind an executive order that requires state agencies and vendors to use E-Verify. However a fact-check by the Providence Journal shows Chafee hasn't done his homework.

Temecula, Calif. Passes Local E-Verify Ordinance

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

NumbersUSA activist Ted Wegener (courtesy Toni McAllister/SWRNN)
Temecula, Calif., located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, has taken immigration enforcement into its own hands. Last night, the city council approved a new ordinance that makes the use of E-Verify a requirement to possess a business license in the city.

Rep. Patrick Murphy Offers Support for Pennsylvania E-Verify Measure

Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

Rep. Patrick Murphy
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) has teamed up with State Rep. John Galloway to urge the state senate into passing a mandatory E-Verify law. Two house bills would require all construction contractors to verity new hires through the E-Verify employment verification system. Rep.

Pennsylvania House Approves Two E-Verify Bills

Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

Pennsylvania State Capital
The Pennsylvania House passed two bills earlier today that would require state contractors and construction employers to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of all new hires.

Number of Businesses Using E-Verify Continues to Rise

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 1,000 new employers are signing up for E-Verify every week.

Colorado Senate Committee Kills E-Verify Bill Setting Stage for Ballot Initiative

Monday, March 8, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

Tom Tancredo
A Colorado Senate committee killed a bill last week that would have required all Colorado businesses to use E-Verify. The defeat paves the way for a ballot initiative being pushed by former congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo.

Illegal Aliens Caught Working on Atlanta Area Courthouse

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

New Cobb County Courthouse
Ten illegal aliens who were working as bricklayers at the new Cobb County Courthouse were fired after it was learned of their immigration status. Georgia is one of 10 states with a mandatory E-Verify law in place, requiring state agencies and contractors to use the workplace verification system.

Virginia State House Passes E-Verify Bill

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

Virginia State House
The Virginia House passed a bill on Tuesday that would require agencies of the Commonwealth, public contractors, localities, and employers with 15 or more employees within the Commonwealth to check the worker eligibility of new hires using E-Verify.

South Carolina Businesses Fined for not using E-Verify

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

Businesses near Columbia, S.C. face fines after the state's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation performed 89 audits and found companies not complying with the state's E-Verify law. A car dealership in Hardeeville, S.C. was slapped witha fine of $5,900.

Indiana Senate Passes E-Verify Mandate

Updated Thursday, February 4, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly passed Sen. Mike Delph's E-Verify bill by a 46-to-4 margin. The bill now moves to the House for its approval.

Construction Unions Urging Baltimore County to Mandate E-Verify

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

After receiving numerous complaints from trade unions, Baltimore County Council Members have unanimously passed a resolution urging County Executive James Smith to enact an E-Verify mandate for companies that receive county contracts.

Lancaster, Calif. Mayor Requiring Use of E-Verify

Thursday, December 31, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

Mayor R. Rex Parris
Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, Calif., located about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, is requiring the city's businesses to verify the eligibility of its new hires using E-Verify.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Anti-Verification Bill

Monday, October 12, 2009, 3:49 PM EDT

Gov. Schwarzenegger
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have prohibited cities, counties or districts from requiring employers who receive government contracts to use an employment verification system like E-Verify.

Washington “Respect for Law” Initiative Seeking Signatures

Updated Friday, June 12, 2009, 12:44 AM EDT

Proponents of the immigration-reduction initiative 1043 in Washington State, also known as the Washington "Respect for Law" Act of 2009, are collecting signatures toward the 241,153 necessary to advance it for the November 2009 General Election ballot.

Rhode Island House Passes E-Verify

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 10:28 AM EDT

The Rhode Island state house passed a mandatory E-Verify bill on Tuesday, but the measure now goes to the state Senate where it's failed the last two years.

RI Judge Upholds Governor's E-Verify Executive Order

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge had upheld an executive order issued last year by Gov. Donald Carcieri that requires the mandatory use of E-Verify for state employers and contractors. The ACLU filed the lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction to block the state's use of E-Verify.

Nebraska Governor to Sign Mandatory E-Verify Bill

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 9:51 AM EDT

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is expected to sign into law today LB403, a bill that would require state and local governments to check whether new hires are eligible to work in the U.S., and to verify a person's legal status before receiving public benefits.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Arizona Illegal Hiring Law

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 11:27 AM EDT

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a request to review the Arizona E-Verify law, leaving intact the requirements that all employers use E-Verify or face penalties.

Delay on Immigration Law in Utah Fails

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 2:13 PM EDT

A Utah bill, SB81, passed in March of last year requires public employers and contractors to use E-Verify effective July 1, 2009. It also made it illegal to lay off an employee while retaining an illegal alien in the same job category.

Indiana Senate Committee Approves Immigration Crackdown

Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill that would punish employers who repeatedly hire undocumented workers. The bill now moves to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Employment Screening Firm Lists E-Verify as a Top Ten Trend

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 11:27 AM EDT

The use of E-Verify as an employment screening tool topped the list of the Employment Screening Resources second annual top ten trends list. ESR is a human resources consulting firm providing pre-employment screening reports to Employers, Human Resources and Security departments.

SC Businesses Satisfied with new E-Verify Requirement

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 8:36 AM EDT

The South Carolina Illegal Immigration and Reform Act went into effect on January 1, and the state has provided training sessions to employers who will be impacted by the new laws. A new Associate Press report says that employers say the new mandates will be painless.

Nebraska Lawmakers Seeking Tougher Immigration Laws

Monday, December 29, 2008, 11:05 AM EDT

A majority of Nebraska lawmakers say they favor tougher immigration laws according to a pre-session survey conducted by the Associated Press.

Alabama City to Target Contractors who Hire Undocumented Workers

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 10:05 AM EDT

The Albertville City Council in Northeastern Alabama approved a measure that will require contractors with three or more employees to use E-Verify. The city ordinance looks to ensure that contractors who provide services for the city hire employees that are legal to work in the United States.

Proposition 202 in Arizona Soundly Defeated (59% to 41%) -- Big Victory for Enforcement

Updated Thursday, November 6, 2008, 4:24 PM EDT

NumbersUSA had said that defeating Proposition 202 was the most important vote of these elections.

Business Groups Challenging Oklahoma Verification Law

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 2:15 PM EDT

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is asking the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for assistance in enforcing a recently passes immigration law that has come under some scrutiny from various business groups.

Court Allows Rhode Island to Require E-Verify

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 9:48 AM EDT

A Rhode Island Superior court judge has rejected the ACLU's attempts to prevent Gov. Don Carcieri from requiring businesses who serve as state contractors to use the E-Verify employment verification system.

Pro-Enforcement Rep. Wins Arizona Primary

Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 4:09 PM EDT

Arizona state Rep. Russell Pearce won his primary battle to run as the Republican candidate for Arizona's 18th district Senate seat. Pearce is famous for spearheading an Arizona law that sanctioned businesses that hired illegal aliens.

Need for Valid SSN Reduces Number of Oregon Driver’s License Applicants

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 11:31 AM EDT

In February, after Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s (D) executive order took effect requiring driver’s license applicants to provide valid Social Security numbers, the number of people taking the test in Spanish fell by more than 80 percent.

Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants

Updated Friday, June 20, 2008, 1:29 PM EDT

U.S. Supreme Court
Arizona's employer sanctions law appears to be having a positive effect on the state's illegal immigration crisis. It is becoming clear that Arizona's law is forcing illegal workers to leave the state.

Massachusetts Senate Passes Immigration Enforcement Legislation

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

On May 25th, the Massachusetts Senate passed several immigration enforcement measures as part of state budget legislation. It’s likely that most of these provisions will clear the legislature since many were included in the version the House passed.

Kansas House Sends E-Verify Bill Back to Committee

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

The Kansas House of Representatives sent a bill back to committee after it was amended to require state agencies and most employers that do business with the state to use E-Verify. The amendment would have required any business with a

Iowa House Committee Approves E-Verify Bill

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

Iowa state house
A bill that would require employers in Iowa to use E-Verify passed through an Iowa House Committee on Tuesday. HF 2156 was offered by Rep. Julian Garrett and passed through the Committee mostly along party lines.

Springfield, Mo. Voters Pass E-Verify Initiative

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

Voters in Springfield, Mo. approved a measure requiring employers to use E-Verify to determine the workplace eligibility of new hires, KSPR reported. Proponents placed the ordinance on the ballot after the City Council rejected an E-Verify proposal.

Federal Judge Upholds Most of Alabama Law

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn issued a major ruling today that upheld most parts of Alabama's immigration enforcement law that the state legislature passed earlier this year. The bill, which included mandatory E-Verify and a trespassing ordinance, was regarded as the

National Religious Groups Push Against Illegal Immigration Laws in Alabama

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

In June of 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law restrictions against illegal immigration, considered by many political analysts as the toughest in the nation. Governor Bentley labeled the law as the “strongest immigration bill in the country.”

Wisconsin Democrats Offer Bill to Penalize Companies that Hire Illegal Alien Workers

Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

Five Wisconsin Senate Democrats have offered a bill that would make companies that hire illegal aliens ineligible for state tax exemptions, state contracts, grants and loans. The bill was introduced by Dave Hansen, Robert Wirch, Jon Erpenbach, Jim Holperin and Tim Carpenter.

Ala. Governor Signs Strong Immigration-Enforcement Law

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley today signed legislation (HB 56) that requires the use of E-Verify by all employers in the state, and establishes eligibility checks for public-benefit applicants. The law gives Alabama some the strongest illegal-immigration enforcement tools in the country.

Alabama Passes Mandatory E-Verify & Immigration Enforcement Bill

Friday, June 3, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

An Alabama House and Senate conference committee agreed on a new bill, which both chambers have already passed, that requires the use of E-Verify by all businesses in the state and includes several immigration enforcement provisions. Should Gov.

Louisiana Senate Passes E-Verify Bill

Monday, May 23, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

The Louisiana State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would require state contractors to use E-Verify. The bill passed by a 34-to-1 margin. It now heads to the House for consideration.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Signs Immigration Enforcement Bill

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed Indiana's new E-Verify and legal presence bill on Tuesday, capping a four-year effort led by State Sen. Mike Delph. The bill requires state and local government contractors to use E-Verify and also creates a penalty for private businesses that don't use E-Verify.

Hemet, Calif. Passes Mandatory E-Verify Ordinance

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

Hemet, Calif. in Riverside County unanimously passed a new ordinance requiring all businesses in the city to use E-Verify. The ordinance goes into effect on June 9.

Victory in Georgia: Senate and House Agree to Mandatory E-Verify Bill

Friday, April 15, 2011, 7:35 AM EDT

Georgia State House
The Georgia House and Senate have agreed to a bill that will require businesses in the state with at least 10 employers to use E-Verify. The bill expands the state's current E-Verify law that requires state contractors to use E-Verify.

Arizona's Illegal Alien Population Declined After Passing Mandatory E-Verify Law

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that Arizona's illegal aliens population declined after the state passed the Legal Arizona Workers Act in 2007 that required all businesses to use E-Verify.

VICTORY IN GEORGIA: State House Passes E-Verify Bill by 2-to-1 Margin

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

The Georgia House approved legislation today that will require the mandatory use of E-Verify by a 113-to-56 margin.

Virginia Senate Committee Approves E-Verify

Monday, February 7, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

A Virginia State Senate Committee has unanimously approved a bill (SB1049) that would require the mandatory use of E-Verify for all state contractors with at least 50 employees and a contract with the state for more than $50,000. The original bill, offered by Democratic State Sen.

Two Immigration Bills Pass Through Virginia House Subcommittee

Monday, January 31, 2011, 7:33 AM EDT

A bill that would make E-Verify mandatory for most employers in the state and a bill that would tighten admissions to state colleges and universities have been approved by the House Immigration Subcommittee. Both bills (HB1727 and HB1465) passed the subcommittee with a 4-to-2 vote.

Florida's Gov. Scott Signs E-Verify Executive Order

Updated Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Following through on a campaign promise, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed four executive orders minutes after being sworn in, including one that requires all state agencies to use E-Verify. Florida joins a list of 13 other states that have mandatory E-Verify laws or executive orders in place.

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Shows Support for Arizona

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. council members officially expressed the city's support of Arizona on Wednesday when the council voted on a resolution Wednesday night. Passage of the resolution also includes a new ordinance, requiring all business with city contracts to begin using E-Verify.

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Led Charge on Challenge of Arizona's E-Verify Law

Monday, June 28, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

The Supreme Court is considering a review of Arizona's E-Verify law that passed in 2007 and requires all Arizona businesses to use the online workplace verification tool on new hires. According to a new op-ed from Reps.

Legal Immigrants Push for Tougher Immigration Enforcement in Washington State

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

Seattle, Wash.
Two legal immigrants in Washington State are working on a ballot initiative that would crack down on illegal aliens living in the state.

New Poll Shows Most Americans Favor Arizona-Type Enforcement Bill

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 60% of Americans favor letting local police stop and check immigration status.

Virginia Legislature Passes E-Verify Bill

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

The Virginia state legislature has passed a bill that requires state agencies to enroll in the E-Verify Program and use the system for all new hires. The bill passed the State Senate with amendments on Wednesday, which were approved by the General Assembly earlier today.

188,358 Businesses Using E-Verify - Generating 5 Million Inquiries Since October

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security reveals that 188,358 businesses are using E-Verify at nearly 700,000 worksites. More than 50,000 businesses have signed up for E-Verify in the last six months and the number of worksites has almost doubled since January of 2009.

Minnesota Stimulus Bill Includes E-Verify Provisions

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

Minnesota State House
The Minnesota State House passed a $1 billion stimulus bill that includes an E-Verify amendment, mandating state contractors who will receive money through the bill to use the system. The amendment was offered by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Delano) and was approved 107-to-25 before the bill's final approval.

Kentucky State House Passes E-Verify Bill

Monday, February 15, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

Kentucky State House
The Kentucky House approved an E-Verify bill last week that would require government contractors to use E-Verify for all new hires. The bill passed the House 93-to-3 and moves to the Senate for its approval.

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Proposes Statewide E-Verify Mandate

Monday, February 8, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

Pennsylvania State House
A Democratic Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing an E-Verify mandate for the state and private contractors. Rep. John Galloway says it's a way to protect jobs and reduce the state's 8.9% unemployment rate.

10th Circuit Upholds Oklahoma’s E-Verify Mandate for State Contractors

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld Oklahoma’s authority to enforce a law that requires public contractors to participate in the federal E-Verify program.

Indiana Senate Committee to Vote on E-Verify

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

Indiana State House
The Indiana Senate's Committee on Pensions and Labor will vote Wednesday on SB 213 that would require state agencies and local governments to use E-Verify to check the worker eligibility of all new hires.

Former House Member Tom Tancredo Working on E-Verify Ballot Initiative in Colorado

Monday, December 7, 2009, 12:03 PM EDT

Tom Tancredo
Former House Member and immigration enforcement activist Tom Tancredo has filed the paperwork for a ballot initiative in Colorado that would require businesses to use E-Verify.

E-Verify Bill Passes N.C. State Committee

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 7:54 AM EDT

A bill to extend mandatory E-Verify usage in North Carolina passed a state Senate committee on July 7. SB 32, which is sponsored by Sen.

Ohio Lawmaker Pushing E-Verify

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 10:04 AM EDT

Ohio State House
Twelve states have some form of mandatory E-Verify legislation in place and now Ohio is looking to add another state to the list. State Rep. Courtney Combs introduced legislation yesterday that would require both public and private companies to use the successful workplace verification tool.

Napolitano Credits State Laws for Growth in E-Verify

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 2:58 PM EDT

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano credited the states for the growth of E-Verify. Napolitano testified before the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and said that mandatory E-Verify laws in the states has contributed to the system's rapid growth in past years.

Map of States with Mandatory E-Verify Laws

Updated Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 12:26 PM EDT

E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify is currently free to employers and is available in all 50 states.

E-Verify Growing in Washington State

Friday, March 20, 2009, 11:28 AM EDT

More than 1,300 employers at nearly 5,000 work sites in Washington are now using E-Verify. the number of queries in the state almost doubled from 2007 to 2008, and an article in the Seattle Times attributes the increase to growing awareness of the program.

E-Verify Growing by 1,000 Companies per Week

Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:38 AM EDT

New state laws and the growing fear of workplace enforcement have led to 1,000 new companies signing up per week for E-Verify.

Indiana Senate Passes E-Verify Bill; Moves to State House

Updated Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

The Indiana Senate passed SB 580 on Tuesday by a vote of 37-13. The bill now moves to the State House for further action, and if passed, the state would join 11 other states in getting tough on companies that hire illegal foreign workers instead of Americans.

Indiana Construction Co. Owner Backs E-Verify

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 3:41 PM EDT

Denney Walls, owner of Walls & Son Construction in Martinsville, In. is pushing for the passage of E-Verify in the state. Walls told his local paper, the Reporter-Times, that his business is being hurt because of competing companies that hire illegal workers.

SC County Official Endorses E-Verify

Monday, January 26, 2009, 4:09 PM EDT

New South Carolina legislation requires all businesses with more than 500 employees to begin checking and verifying new hires through E-Verify.

Stiffer Immigration Laws Take Effect in Missouri

Friday, January 2, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

New immigration laws went into effect in Missouri at the start of the new year, requiring all public employers in the state to use E-Verify.

S.C. Businesses Getting Workplace Verification Training

Thursday, December 11, 2008, 3:38 PM EDT

In just a few week's, South Carolina's Illegal Immigration and Reform Act goes into effect, requiring that all state businesses hire legally documented workers. The law requires businesses with state contracts and at least 500 employees to begin using the system on Jan.

AZ Businesses Losing Interest in Immigration Policies

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 9:41 AM EDT

The State of Arizona has one of the toughest laws against employers who hire undocumented workers, but a recent poll shows that the law has had little impact on small businesses in the state.

Fraudulent Arizona Prop. 202 Would Enable, Not Stop, Illegal Hiring

Friday, October 24, 2008, 2:33 PM EDT

An initiative on the Arizona ballot for November 4 – Proposition 202 or the so-called Stop Illegal Hiring Act – does the exact opposite of what it claims.

Actions State/Local Governments Can Take To Reduce Illegal Immigration

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 12:16 PM EDT

Kris Kobach, arguably the nation’s premiere legal advisor for state and local government immigration reduction efforts, has published a definitive article in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal that lays out areas in which state and local governments can constitutionally act in the immigration

Calif. Legislature Passes Bill to Give Illegal Aliens Driver's Licenses

Thursday, September 4, 2008, 9:31 AM EDT

The California Legislature has passed a bill that would force the DMV to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens. The bill currently sits on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk.

Washington Residents Trying to Change State's Immigration Laws

Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 8:10 AM EDT

Concerned citizens on Washington State are trying to collect signatures for Initiative 409, a proposal that would force Washington to change its notoriously lax illegal immigration laws.

Missouri Governor Signs Law Targeting Illegal Aliens

Updated Thursday, July 10, 2008, 10:05 AM EDT

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed into law today legislation that will make it harder for illegal aliens living in the state to receive benefits and harder to find jobs. The new legislations requires all public employers to use the E-Verify

In the News

Most Ala. firms miss immigration goal

In the News - Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tens of thousands of Alabama businesses have missed a deadline set by the state's strict immigration law to register with a federal database used to verify the citizenship status of job applicants, according to registration numbers.

By Jay Reeves in Associated Press

Council Tackles E-Verify Language; Approves COPS Grant

In the News - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Springfield City Council discussed the ballot language associated with the E-verify ordinance at its Monday night meeting.
Council also discussed when to put the issue to voters: either February 7 or March 6, 2012.
Earlier this year, the Ozarks Minutemen submitted enough signatures to force a public vote.

County contractors required to verify workers' immigration status

In the News - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

San Bernardino County has implemented a policy to require all contractors that do business with the County to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to ensure that their employees are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Vitorville Daily Press

Yakima City Council approves use of E-Verify

In the News - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Amid a new round of politically charged rhetoric about illegal immigration, a divided Yakima City Council narrowly reversed itself Tuesday and approved the use of E-Verify over the objection of Hispanic community leaders.

The council voted 4-3 to require that contractors who do business with the city must verify the legal status of their employees by using the controversial federal employment-screening database.

A year ago the council rejected E-Verify by the same margin amid sometimes heated testimony that vilified the online program as prone to mistakes and warned its use would alienate Yakima's rapidly growing Hispanic population. A study by an outside research firm found the program is not foolproof.


E-Verify not a risk to our agriculture

In the News - Thursday, January 20, 2011

While the media have faithfully reported on the agriculture angle, the existence of the legal alternative to continuing to hire black market farm laborers who have escaped capture at our borders has so far eluded mention.

It is something called the H2A agricultural worker visa.

This agricultural program establishes lawful means for agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring an unlimited number — no ceiling! — of temporary foreign workers into the United States.

By D.A. King -- Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post

SC agency identifies 35 illegal immigrants at 5 school construction sites; company fined

In the News - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

State investigators have identified nearly three dozen illegal immigrants working at school construction sites in one South Carolina county, and fined a company, officials announced Friday.

The state agency overseeing South Carolina's illegal immigration law reported that five subcontractors have been cited for employing 35 illegal workers — 32 of them identified since the 2008 law began applying to all businesses July 1.

By Seanna Cox -- The Associated Press

Idaho: Immigration bill targeting employers nixed

In the News - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lawmakers voted down a bill Monday that would have required employers to screen workers using a federal background check system amid concerns it would add another burden to business owners.

The Senate State Affairs Committee defeated the measure on 7-2 vote. The bill was aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants into the state, and would have put employers who accepted false identification at risk of losing their business licenses.


Senate OKs watered down illegal immigration bill

In the News - Friday, March 5, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Some businesses would have to confirm the immigration status of employees under a bill passed by the Utah Senate but would no longer face criminal penalties if they didn't.

An original version of the measure included the penalties but bill sponsor Sen. Chris Buttars removed it, saying businesses had complained.

Laborers at Cobb Courthouse didn't show work permits

In the News - Thursday, February 11, 2010

Allegations that illegal immigrants were working on the $63 million courthouse project came to light last week when a bricklayers union organizer questioned the county.

Another bricklayers representative said he talked with employees at the courthouse in November and asked if papers were needed to get a job there. The employees said no papers were needed and that they were paid in cash, said Jose Alvarez, business marketing representative of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers in Washington.

By Mary Lou Pickel -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

E-Verify ballot initiative moving along

In the News - Monday, February 8, 2010

A Novato-based group advocating the employment of documented American workers in Novato has collected more than half the required signatures to place an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot to force employers working with the city to verify the citizenship of workers.

By Brent Ainsworth -- The Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)


Gannett Poll Finds NJ Residents Oppose Rewards for Illegal Aliens

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sixty-two percent of state residents oppose granting illegal immigrants some type of limited driver's license, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

Only 32 percent said children of illegal immigrants deserved in-state tuition rates, while 20 percent favored the lower rates for illegal immigrants themselves.