A new report from the Migration Policy Institute found that only 3.2% of the nation's employers are currently enrolled in E-Verify. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's mandatory E-Verify bill, Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164), would require 100% of employers to use E-Verify within two years.
Of the three states that have passed mandatory E-Verify laws and have been completely phased in -- Arizona, South Carolina, and Mississippi -- only 15% of the businesses in the three states were enrolled in E-Verify as of January 2011.
Arizona leads the nation with nearly 36,000 businesses using E-Verify, which equates to 25.7% of the state's total employers. Missouri, which requires state agencies to use E-Verify and also suspends the business licenses of companies that are found to knowingly hire illegal aliens, ranks second in the nation with 14.5% of employers using E-Verify.
South Carolina has 6.8% of employers using E-Verify despite its statewide mandate, and Mississippi has 6.5% of employers using E-Verify despite its statewide mandate.
Missouri has 22,061 employers using E-Verify followed by California (20,800), Georgia (18,166), and Texas (13,419).
Chairman Smith's E-Verify bill, H.R. 2164, would require all federal, state, and local agencies,federal and state contractors, and critical infrastructure employees to begin using E-Verify on both new hires and current employees within six months of enactment. Private businesses must begin using E-Verify within two years based on the size of their workforce, and recruitment and referring centers must begin using E-Verify with in one year.
The Legal Workforce Act allows states to continue using their authority over business licensing and similar laws to penalize companies that don't use E-Verify.
The following list shows the percentage of employers in each state that were using E-Verify as of January 2011.For full information, see the Migration Policy Institute.
|Number of Businesses Enrolled in E-Verify by State, January 2011|
|State||Businesses enrolled in E-Verify||Number of establishments (2008)||Percent of establishments enrolled|
|District of Columbia||1521||21,081||7.2%|