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Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is the lead sponsor of the Legal Workforce Act, which would expand use of E-Verify for all employers. E-Verify is a web-based system that checks the Social Security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to help ensure that they are genuinely eligible to work in the U.S. Today, nearly 575,000 American employers voluntarily use E-Verify, and an average of 1,400 new businesses sign up each week for E-Verify. The E-Verify system is quick and effective, confirming 99.7% of work-eligible employees.

A recent Paragon Insights poll showed that 71 percent of voters support Congress passing new legislation that strengthens the rules making it illegal for businesses in the U.S. to hire illegal immigrants.

E-Verify: An Easy Way for Employers to Ensure Hires are Legal