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The E-Verify executive order first issued by the Bush Administration last summer went into effect today after four separate delays. The order requires federal contractors to check the employment eligibility of all employees working on a federal contract worth at least $100,000.

The executive order had been delayed four times - once by the Bush Administration and three times by the Obama Administration - while awaiting court challenges by business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A federal court in Maryland ruled against all claims made against the order by the Chamber, allowing the order to finally take effect.

"Any contractor that gets a contract on or after today requires the E-Verify clause in that contract," said Bill Wright, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In addition to only being applicable to contracts worth more than $100,000, the order also only applies to subcontractors whose share is more than $3,000. The order also only applies to contracts in the United States.

There are currently more than 150,000 employers nationwide registered for E-Verify. The federal government hands out 170,000 contracts per year, employing more than 3.8 million workers.

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Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 10:26am EST